Closing the 'Impunity Gap' and the Role of State Support for ICC
Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court, pp 99-111, 2016, ISBN: 9789004304451
13 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017
Date Written: 2016
This paper argues that the ICC faces serious challenges in Africa. But there is no doubt that it is a much needed institution to help break the cycle of impunity in a number of states. That is why it must receive the support of the international community. What is required is a holistic understanding of the root causes of the culture of impunity and the seemingly intractable ethnic, social, and political problems. Such analysis would put stakeholders in a better position to decide the most effective and practical areas of intervention and partnership with local actors such as civil society. The objective is to capacitate local actors and create an environment in which the ICC's work can help reduce impunity and foster a culture of accountability and the rule of law.
Keywords: International Criminal Court, impunity, Africa, Western states, civil society.
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