au op­poses ar­rest of lead­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the African Union has rec­om­mended to the African States Party to the Rome Statute to en­sure there is no pro­vi­sion that man­dates UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions to en­force ICC ar­rest war­rants in Africa. Through a state­ment, the PSC says this will af­fect the neu­tral­ity and im­par­tial­ity of UN man­dated Peace­keep­ing mis­sions and un­der­mine the abil­ity of mem­ber states of the UN to con­trib­ute troops to peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions. This re­it­er­ates the AU’s con­cerns re­gard­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing their “ero­sive im­pact on sta­bil­ity in the con­ti­nent, of the ICC in Africa, which have been the sub­ject of var­i­ous As­sem­bly de­ci­sions”. Su­dan Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir has been wanted since 2009 by the ICCon charges of crimes against hu­man­ity, war crimes and geno­cide in Su­dan’s Dar­fur re­gion. Kenya, Uganda and South Africa have pre­vi­ously been ac­cused of fail­ing to ar­rest Pres­i­dent Bashir. South Africa has said it might leave the ICC af­ter a row over the court’s at­tempt to have the Pres­i­dent ar­rested there.The ICC has no power to en­force its own ar­rest war­rants and re­lies on its mem­bers’s com­pli­ance.

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