Africa: Double Standards

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The ongoing saga between the United States of America and the International Criminal Court (ICC), has again put to question the role of the United States as the number one custodian of Human Rights and the credibility of ICC as a World legal body out to spell the wrongs of member countries. Though after over a decade of existence, ICC's acts have been appreciated variedly by members and even non-members depending on the continent. It has however made some positive strides.

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020 the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a non-member of ICC accused the institution of "illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction". He announced sanctions against Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda and the Head of the Jurisdiction Complementarity and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko, in accordance with a US executive order issued in early June by President Donald Trump involving "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the ICC. Such statements could mean that the United States is conscious and guilty of the numerous atrocities its soldiers committed in Afghanistan before they are brought to the limelight.

After failing to persuade some of her allies not to be members of the institution, discrediting and attempting to tele-command the institution from a distance, Donald Trump's administration has fine-tune another strategy. That of imposing sanctions on assets belonging to the Prosecutor and her assistant. Whether Fatou Bensouda and Co have assets in the United States or not, their reaction to the United States statement is prove that the officials, on their part know what they are doing. What happened in Afghanistan and is happening in many parts of the world today needs to be known by all and the authors held accountable to pay for any wrong doings. After all their quest for justice is not an individual struggle, but planetary.

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