Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kenya and the International Criminal Court

Chatham House published in February 2013 a report titled "The ICC Intervention in Kenya" by Gabrielle Lynch, associate professor at the University of Warwick, and Misa Zgonec-Rozej, associate fellow at Chatham House.

Uhuru Kenyatta/Wikipedia
The report notes that the International Criminal Court's (ICC) indictment of presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto has boosted their popularity among parts of the Kenyan electorate.

As Kenya is party to the Rome Statute, even if Kenyatta and Ruto are elected as president and vice president in March, they will still be subject to the rulings of the ICC.

The case of President Bashir in Sudan demonstrates the difficulty that international partners face in maintaining normal economic and diplomatic relationships with countries whose head of state has been charged by the ICC.

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