Reforms: Spare baby and throw bath water

PHOTO | FILE ICC judges leave the Trial Chamber after hearing the cases facing Deputy President William Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang on September 11, 2013.

What you need to know:

  • Although Kenya was slow to ratify the Rome Statute, the principles behind the ICC enjoyed broad support from across the political spectrum for a long time prior to ratification
  • The circumstances in which the ICC was founded are not so radically different from those today so as to make the court redundant

Writing in South Africa’s Sunday Independent last week, the Jamaica-born intellectual Horace Campbell urged African leaders to ‘bear in mind that it was the activism of Caribbean and African states that brought the ICC into fruition.’

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