تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية لعام  2013
حالة حقوق الإنسان في العالم

4 سبتمبر 2013

Kenya: Reject efforts to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

Kenya: Reject efforts to withdraw from the International Criminal Court
Former Kenyan Deputy-President William Samoei Ruto is due to appear in front of the ICC next week

Former Kenyan Deputy-President William Samoei Ruto is due to appear in front of the ICC next week

© LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images


This move is just the latest in a series of disturbing initiatives to undermine the work of the ICC in Kenya and across the continent.
Source: 
Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa programme director.
Amnesty International calls on each and every parliamentarian to stand against impunity and reject this proposal.
Source: 
Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa programme director.

The Kenyan government’s proposal to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of Kenyans who lost their lives or were driven from their homes during the post-election violence that rocked the country in 2007-8.

“This move is just the latest in a series of disturbing initiatives to undermine the work of the ICC in Kenya and across the continent,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa programme director.

The proposal, which will be debated in an emergency parliamentary session on Thursday, comes just days before Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto will stand trial in The Hague accused of crimes against humanity. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also faces serious charges; his trial is due to start on November 12.

“Amnesty International calls on each and every parliamentarian to stand against impunity and reject this proposal.”

The violence that followed the 2007 election in Kenya left over 1000 people dead and half a million displaced.

President Kenyatta and Deputy-President Ruto, who were both senior political figures at the time of the post-election violence, are accused of crimes against humanity including murder, forcible population transfer, and persecution. President Kenyatta is also accused of responsibility for rape and other inhumane acts – including forced circumcision and penile amputation – carried out by the Mungiki, a criminal gang allegedly under his control.

They were elected as President and Deputy President respectively in March 2013. The ICC’s Statute is clear that there can be no immunity, even for heads of state.

Broadcaster Joshua Arap Sang also stands accused of murder, forcible population transfer and persecution as crimes against humanity. He is due to be tried with Deputy-President Ruto.

Even if Kenya withdraws from the Rome Statute, the decision will only come into effect in one year.

“These cases must proceed and the government has a legal obligation to cooperate fully. Put simply, there is no legal way that the government can evade the justice process in these cases,” said Netsanet Belay.

Withdrawal could however preclude the ICC from investigating and prosecuting any future crimes committed after the withdrawal comes into effect. Cases could then only be brought before the Court if the government decides to accept ICC jurisdiction or the UN Security Council makes a referral.

“Essentially, a withdrawal would strip the Kenyan people of one of the most important human rights protections and potentially allow crimes to be committed with impunity in the future,” said Netsanet Belay.

“What we currently see is the government committing to cooperate with the ICC’s cases on one hand and taking every opportunity to politically attack the ICC and undermine it on the other.”

موضوعات

العدالة الدولية 

البلد

كينيا 

المنطقة

أفريقيا 

@amnestyonline on twitter

أخبار

21 أغسطس 2014

في تقرير موجز صدر اليوم، قالت منظمة العفو الدولية أن الأطفال المتهمين بالانتماء إلى الجماعات المسلحة في النزاع في مالي يُحتجزون في سجون البالغين في ظل استمرار ارتكاب انتهاكات... Read more »

11 أغسطس 2014

قالت منظمة العفو الدولية في تقرير جديد صدر اليوم إن أهالي آلاف المدنيين الأفغان الذين لقوا مصرعهم خلال عمليات القوات الأمريكية وقوات "حلف شمال الأطنطي" (الناتو) قد تُركوا دون... Read more »

26 أغسطس 2014

صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم بأنه يجب على السلطات الفيتنامية أن توقف الهجمات على النشطاء السلميين وجاء التصريح عقب الحكم على ثلاثة مدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان بالسجن وقيام الشرطة... Read more »

06 أغسطس 2014

على مدى أشهر، ظلت خطوط المعارك تتبدل سريعاً في شرق أوكرانيا، عقب فرض الانفصاليين الموالين لروسيا سيطرتهم الفعلية على عدة مدن رئيسية في الإقليم

 

Read more »
29 أغسطس 2014

كانت آخر مرة تتحدث فيها رانية (وليس هذا باسمها الحقيقي بالمناسبة) مع صديقها محمد بشير عرب هي في الأول من نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني 2011. وبصفته طبيب جاد وناشط سياسي ملتزم، اضطُر... Read more »