page http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsimporter_fileimporter_organizers.php geneva; font-size: small;”>In a strong-worded statement issued at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Sunday, information pills http://contesta.fusolab.net/commonold.php Kagame condemned the instrumentalisation of international justice for political interests which continues to undermine peace processes as well as the sovereignty of African nations.
“We cannot support an ICC that condemns crimes committed by some and not others or imposes itself on democratic processes or the will of sovereign people. Such a court cannot facilitate reconciliation which is a vital precursor to peace.”
While highlighting the importance of fighting impunity, President Kagame urged all present to stand up against the use of international justice as a political tool:
“It is evident that political bias, control and flawed methodology are being deployed in the name of International Justice. Yet ICC proponents are ostensibly deaf to the increasingly vocal criticism against the court’s bias towards Africa.”
He added: “This is not acceptable and Africa must stand up to it and refuse to be intimidated or bribed into silence and inaction on this matter.”
President Kagame urged African nations to build capacity to address criminal justice and called for a united African stance in favor of the ICC dropping cases against Kenyan leaders.
“It is not in the interest of the ICC, the Security Council, the African continent and relationships between the three, to see further humiliation of African people and their leaders by an unfair criminal justice system,” charged Kagame.
He further noted: “We should support a common African position and action on the matter at this Summit and subsequently at the UN General Assembly.”
Africa leaders last weekend gathered at the 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union following the jubilee celebrations of the organisation’s 50th anniversary.
The day was marked by discussions ranging from the need for the African Union to finance its activities to a review of the report documenting peace and security situations on the continent.
The ICC has in recent years come under fire for selectively targeting African leaders and shutting their eyes to atrocities committed by western politicians especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Speaking at Kenyatta’s inauguration in April, Museveni saluted Kenya for the “rejection of the blackmail by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and those who seek to abuse this institution for their own agenda.”
“I was one of those that supported the ICC because I abhor impunity. However, the usual opinionated and arrogant actors using their careless analysis have distorted the purpose of that institution,” said Museveni.
“They are now using it to install leaders of their choice in Africa and eliminate the ones they do not like. What happened here in 2007 was regrettable and must be condemned,” he emphasized.
The President said a legalistic process, especially an external one, however, cannot address those events.
“Events of this nature first and most importantly, need an ideological solution by discerning why they happened. Why did inter community violence occur? Was it for genuine or false reasons?” he challenged the audience.
“Even if you assume they were genuine reasons as a hypothetical argument, why should villagers attack one another? Would the villagers have been responsible for whatever mistakes that would have occurred?” he further asked.
He said instead of a thorough and thoughtful process, “we have individuals engaged in legal gymnastics!”
He added: “In Uganda’s case, between 1966 and 1986, we lost about 800,000 persons killed by the leaders who were in charge of the country. How did we handle that sad history? Have you ever heard us asking ICC or the UN to come and help us deal with that sad chapter of our history?”
“We only referred Joseph Kony of LRA to ICC because he was operating outside Uganda. Otherwise, we would have handled him ourselves. Equally, Kenyan actors are the ones best qualified to sit and delve into their history in order to discover the ideological stimuli the Kenyan society needs,” said Museveni.
“I, therefore, use this opportunity to salute the Kenyan voters again, rejecting that blackmail and upholding the sovereignty of the Kenyan people.”
The first day of the African Union Summit was also marked by the follow up meeting to the United Nations Secretary General Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework on DRC.
Commenting on the role of the framework, Minister Mushikiwabo reiterated Rwanda’s support for a political solution:
“The framework reaffirmed the importance of addressing the root causes of conflict in DRC through political dialogue.”
Heads of State present ended the day by signing the African Union 2063 Proclamation pledging their commitment to fulfilling the vision of a united and dignified Africa.