Tense Relationships Between African Union and the International Criminal Court

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Sunday, April 1, 2012
Michael Plachta
In the latest summit meeting of the African Union (AU) held January 29-30, 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the AU Assembly of Heads of States and Governments reiterated its opposition to a number of prosecutions at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is noteworthy that all the situations under investigation and prosecution at the ICC relate to African countries. While half of these situations were referred to the ICC by the African States themselves, the AU objected to the decision of the ICC to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.