18 February 2013

Tanzania: ICC to Establish Regional Chapter in Arusha City

Arusha — ARUSHA will soon host one of the African regional chapters of the International Criminal Court (ICC) currently operating from The Hague, in Holland.

The Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Mr Magessa Mulongo, revealed here that the Netherlands-based International Court has already been given a plot of land on which the proposed African Chapter of the ICC is expected to be built.

The entrance of ICC here will help reduce the impact of the imminent departure of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR) which is in the process of closing shop here after operating in town since 1995.

The Regional Commissioner was speaking during an occasion to officially inaugurate a newly built, modern entertainment and shopping centre to be known as "World Garden" which stands along the Nelson Mandela |Road, in the remote Moshono Ward of the city.

"Arusha anticipates hosting more international organizations in addition to the existing ones and these will bring a number of foreign personalities in the city, who may want places to unwind after work, in the evenings or during the weekends," said Mr Mulongo.

Already, Arusha hosts the African Court for Human and People's Rights, the East African Court of Justice (which is an auspex of the East African Community) and should The Hague establishes its seat here, it will become the third such international law presiding entity.

An official from The Hague was quoted recently commenting that the ICC cannot operate without support from Africa because 25 per cent of its staff comes from the continent while also five out of the court's 18 judges hail from Africa thus making the continent part and parcel of the ICC operations.

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