Questions on ICC impartiality

Editor,
It is not propaganda or misperceptions when African nations question the ICC’s transparency and fairness.
The question still stands: why is it that the ICC is largely targeting and prosecuting African leaders and those from other Third World regions?
The International Criminal Court was established by the Rome Statute of 1998 and thereafter formally established in 2002.
A number of African states ratified the statute without really understanding what it was they were getting themselves into.
Throughout its existence, the ICC has only investigated allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Third World leaders.
At the same time, it has completely ignored the abuses of Western leaders even though they have committed greater atrocities than those allegedly committed by Third World leaders.
It is insulting to our intelligence when we listen and read the response from the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who says Africa’s justifiable criticism about the court is mere propaganda or driven by misperceptions.
Instead Mrs Fatou Bensouda should clarify and explain fairly the legal failures that afflict the ICC system because all she is doing right now is trying to justify the unjustifiable.
There is no way that she cannot at the very least be aware of the gross injustices perpetrated against the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and many other places with the ICC’s complicity. Or maybe she is part of the inner workings that seek to protect Western leaders from prosecution while perpetuating their oppression of weaker nations.
The job she has pays very well and maybe she does not want to jeopardise her financial security by rocking the boat.
What is increasingly clear is that she is just a front to provide the illusion that the ICC is headed by an African and thus is not anti-Africa.
We thus strongly support the position taken by officials from some African countries, of which we understand Namibia to be one, that if the ICC does not reform they will simply have to suspend their membership to the institution.
All African countries must unite on this issue for our own security.
It is pointless for us to remain party to an “agreement” that treats us as trashy, second-class members who are dispensable whenever the West’s interests come into play.
Africa should only recognise a truly global representative legal system that is fair and transparent.
The only way the ICC can show that it is such a body is by bringing to book people like George W Bush and Tony Blair and their commanders and generals who oversaw the murder of tens of thousands of people during their wars of hegemony.
If the ICC believes that Laurent Gbagbo deserves to be prosecuted but Ariel Sharon does not, then we should dump the ICC!<br /> There is no difference between the ICC of today and the Nuremberg trials of World War II that saw it fit to prosecute Nazi leaders while ignoring the Americans, especially Harry Truman ‑ who dropped two atomic bombs on Japan – the only cases to date of a country using full nuclear power in a war.
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