DP Condemns Kenya Over Rome Statute Amendment

dosage http://consugi.com/wp-includes/rss.php geneva;”>In an interview with Chimpcorps, Mwesigwa said one of the reasons for the formation of the Rome Statute which culminated into the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was to try and prosecute such leaders who cannot be handled by other courts.

“There are no courts within their individual countries that have jurisdiction to try and prosecute their sitting Heads of State and government, therefore, these leaders should not temper with amending the Rome statute,” he added.

Mwesigwa further observed that these leaders should also come to know that they have no right to amend the Rome statute but are just entitled to only provide for just recommendations which should be determined by judges of the ICC.

He, however, advised the African leaders to root for democracy within their individual countries as the only way to stop crimes against humanity and war crimes which can cause them to be prosecuted by the ICC.

This comes at a time when the African Union (AU) is headed for the assembly of State Parties of the Rome Statute meeting later in the month to present its position on the Kenyan ICC cases after United Nations Security Council (UNSC) snubbed its deferral request.

While speaking to the press in Kuwait on Monday ahead of the 3rd Afro-Arab Summit, the Kenya Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the AU will push for amendment of the Rome Statutes to provide for immunity from prosecution to sitting Heads of State and government when the group meets in The Hague from November 20, 2013.

“The decision by some permanent members of the UN Security Council to abstain from voting on AU request for deferral of ICC cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto was a disappointment,” she said.

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