Thursday, January 27, 2011

ICC in the Media, Update #19

This week the media has once again focused on the ICC's involvement in Kenya. We mentioned last week there were reports indicating that Kenya was seeking aid from the African Union to defer the case until Kenya can pull out of the Rome Statute. Reports this week confirm that a high ranking team of cabinet members led by VP Kalonzo Musyoka have visited fellow African nations seeking support to petition the Security Council to defer the situation in Kenya. The deferral, as set out in Article 16 of the Rome Statute, would last for a year and could be repeated by the Security Council a number of times. This plan reportedly suffered a serious setback on Tuesday at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa when the African Union rejected Kenya's request for the AU to help block ICC prosecutions. However, China has said that it will support Kenya from interference in internal affairs. In the interim the ICC has urged Kenya to deal directly with it as opposed to rallying the African Union. Head of the Assembly of State Parties Christian Weneweser has said that if Kenya is serious about setting up national proceedings, as Musyoka and President Kibaki have claimed, then the ICC will try to support it.

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