By Shawn Macomber • Lawfare Tyranny
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has released a statement regarding the recent kerfuffle between the African National Congress, a South African judge, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and the International Criminal Court.
And while the Tutus are considerably more optimistic about the future potential of the ICC to be a legitimate bulwark against impunity than we are, it nevertheless cogently expands upon — from an African perspective — points we made in this space concerning why the Court is not trusted even amongst those who vehemently oppose al-Bashir:
By refusing to submit to the jurisdiction of the court‚ some of the most powerful nations in the world have created an environment in which no world leaders feel the need to be held to account — least of all those who stand accused by the court of war crimes and crimes against humanity‚ as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir does.
These powerful nations have created the rationale for the South African government to allow al-Bashir into the country despite the international warrant of arrest hanging over his head‚ and then to allow him to travel home despite a South African High Court order to the contrary.
What that says about South Africa’s moral fabric (the same government has thrice refused to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama into the country) is a moot point. It is the further eroding of the ICC’s ability to function equitably that will concern lovers of peace across the world.
The parting shots are equally brutal…