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Title:The African Court of Justice and Human Rights: the future of international criminal justice in Africa
Author:Agwu, Fred Aja
Periodical:Africa Review: Journal of African Studies Association of India (ISSN 0974-4061)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:international criminal law
International Criminal Court
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09744053.2014.883755
Abstract:The decision by the African Union (AU) to imbue the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights with criminal jurisdiction smacks of confrontation with the international community because some of their member states are parties to the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC). The effort is an unnecessary duplication that can at best give soft landing or shield tyrannical African leaders from international accountability for their well-known impunity. The decision also underestimates the challenges in the onerous task of achieving international justice from a narrow African regional platform where conspiracy and collusion to undermine justice may be rife. The fact is that ' ... the doubts must always remain that the political passions involved might overrule the formal exigencies of a regular criminal trial .... The path from the opening of a mass grave to proving a political leader responsible is long and complex, and success is by no means ensured' (R. Thakur and P. Malcontent., ed. From sovereign impunity to international accountability: the search for justice in a world of states, 2004). Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract)