The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, tells us about his job and how he is going to be on the programme later today, ready to answer your questions.
How do you work in countries where there is little goodwill for justice? for example, in kenya, many powerful people will work against any form of justice in relation to the post elections violence. How can you assure the common man, who is so dissillusioned right now, that your court will deliver justice to them?
Secondly, how come you have not prosecuted any western country, or powerful nation for their human rights abuses? We have heard about the problems in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I have never heard any inquisition made by your office into claims in such situations. You seem to focus mainly on economically weak nations. Why is that?
Thirdly, your job seems very stressful, what do you do to unwind?
I wrote a question here about how effective has the ICC been. Since it has not been published I am rewriting this question now. Thanks.
The unpleasant history of the Western world and Africa makes it difficult, even impossible for any African to accept it when a primarily western run court decides to pursue an African leader for war crimes, even if justified. And the ICC isn’t helped by its seeming unwillingness to go after certain powerful western nations who may have questions to answer. How is the ICC branding itself?
Question 1. If Mugabe stepped down right now, would you arrest him. If yes, what would be your charges?
QUESTION 2. It seems the Ugandan L.R. A rebel leader seems to have evaded you, why? Will you ever arrest him?
The ICC is overated, dont you think? The organization only tries to impose its muscles when it comes to Africa but knows that it is toothless to do anything to anybody. Dont you think that you are wasting the time of the good people of Kenya when you give them false pretences that you have the power to do anything about post election violence?
I’d like to ask the Chief Prosecutor if he believes that women and girls are human? It may well seem to be an odd question to ask, but if you look at the extent of human rights abuses committed against females world wide you could be forgiven for asking such a question and indeed it has been asked and written about by the lawyer Catharine MacKinnon in her book.
“are women human? And other International Dialogues” pub. Belknap Harvard c. 2006
(Lower case letters deliberate)
With regard to my own country, the UK, we acquiesce with the most horrific human rights abuse being committed against children, British citizens of Somali decent who are genitally mutilated with impunity here in the UK, an act of abomination which contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
* Children should be protected from ‘all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse.’ [Article 19.2]
* States that ‘Parties shall take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial the health of children. ‘ [Article 24.3]
This it seems is merely window dressing.
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