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ICC to establish liaison office in the Ethiopian capital


July 15, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to establish a liaison office in Addis Ababa after years of discussions on the initiative.

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ICC President Sang-Hyun Song and African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping meeting in Addis Ababa (AU Website)

This comes after Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC, concluded a two day visit to Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African Union (AU) and met with its Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, who reiterated the body’s commitment to end impunity.

A statement by the ICC said that both Ping and Song agreed that the AU and the ICC share the common value of ending impunity and bringing about lasting peace.

"They also agreed to work to facilitate the establishment of the Liaison Office that would encourage dialogue and exchange of information and would thus be for the mutual benefit of the two institutions" the statement said.

African states have feared that The Hague was stalling on financing a launch to the liaison office after African countries collectively resolved not to cooperate with the ICC in arresting and handing over Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir who is wanted by the court for war crimes he allegedly committed in Darfur,

This week the ICC judges added the charge of genocide to the list of counts against the Sudanese head of state prompting criticism from Ping who said that the latest move will not help resolve the crisis in Darfur.

The Kenyan Attorney-general Amos Wako, who was mandated by African countries to write to the ICC to question the delay in establishing the office, was yesterday happy that finally, The Hague had agreed to fund the office.

“Those are good news because African member-states to the Rome Statute were concerned about the inactivity of the ICC when it had agreed to set up the office. It is a good reply to the letter that I wrote on their behalf,” he said.

The International Criminal Court is the only permanent international court established with the mission to help put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and thus to contribute to the prevention of such crimes.


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  • 16 July 2010 05:48, by Peter Nhiany

    Will this move by the ICC to establish an office in the Ethiopian nation serve speedy arrest of the petrator, killer, murderer, and war criminal Bashir? I hope there is good reason for the estabishment of this laison in the Ethiopian nation.

    Doors are closing slowly for Omar. Escaping would not be good option at this time. He should turn himself in to ICC to answer charges leveled against by the ICC for war crime, crime against humanity, and genocide act.

    I will keep my fingers cross that he get capture as soon as possible. Thanks to the rights groups for pushing hard for jusctice to be served.

    Peter Nhiany.

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    • 16 July 2010 06:32, by Mzalendo Mwema

      Life is the most important thing and no one want to die.There is no joke with life and that why we all fear when something threatening it occurs.

      We all need Omar to go because he has destroyed the lives of INNOCENT PEOPLE across the country.

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      • 16 July 2010 07:23, by Peter Nhiany

        You are absolutely right Mwena; life is the most precious gift which no one person has right to take it away, but only God the creator.

        Those who willingly put other people’s lives to an end must be held acccountable for their act with out conditions.

        Omar Al- Bashir had done destruction to many lives of innocent people and must face charges for his inhuman action. There should be delayment for justice to be served.

        He should be tried before he commit more attrocities in Sudan. He is the most vicious person I have ever seen on earth who has destroyed so many lives of innocent people. He must go with out regret of what is done to him.

        Peter Nhiany.

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    • 16 July 2010 07:30, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      Oh my God, it is coming closer! Where will he go?

      Wal Muoranyar

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      • 16 July 2010 08:16, by Biden Osire

        It is not coming closer but it has troded nearer and nearer to let him know that no one was happy with is urgly acts welcome ICC an d allow no room for him.

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  • 16 July 2010 08:15, by DASODIKO

    I don’t know if this Chinese guy heading the AU commission named Ping weng will agree this step. He is there in AU commssion as if China pay for him. He objects any resolution passed against Bashir and his governement in Khartoum with very stupid excuses. I was told that Ping is a relative to Dong the late founder of wang Dong in China. Please he must be send back to his home and let Africans do their home work.

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  • 16 July 2010 08:45, by Ayom

    The Western World are getting tired of the African leadership style that is why they have open an ICC Office here in Ethiopia. You African take care now with your funny ruling style, if you don’t want to adjust yourself now, then you better arrange your own fight to close down this disaster call ICC office here in Africa.

    Hi Bashir not you alone who is going to be trial here in Addis Ababa, it involve Moi Kibaki of Kenya, Ralia Odinga, Joseph Kony, Museveni, Paul Kigambi,Robert Mugabi and many more African leaders who are to be found guilty.

    Ayom Ayom

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    • 16 July 2010 09:23, by mike

      I think many leaders in Africa are now getting nervious because of the opening Addis Ababa office(Ethiopia) including the current PM of Ethiopia of his crime against the people of Gambella in 2003, the people of Ogadan all this cases are still pending and the day will come when mr. Zenawee, Bashire and their likes can face justice for their crime against innocent people. and it will money saving for mr. meles of ethiopia to tried in his own country, saving the ICC transportation cost.
      God help our struggle

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      • 16 July 2010 13:25, by Paul Lokuji Micah daudi

        I should think I am not reading it wrong at all!!!

        Zenawie,will be making a disaster for himself at some point knowing well he is in the list of the so called western list of crimes against humanity.
        The west is trying all means to undermine African rule because big tycoons like China are offering markets without hooks attached not like the aid from the west with hooks attached,open eyes dear poor sleeping African leaders other wise if you think it will be ending with Bashir and Taylor you are lying to your selves.Soon it will be Kibaki already the investigation for the election aftermath is going,then will Meles himself for crimes in his own country,Museveni is right at the corner with the LRA mess not forgetting Kabila,if i put the list down it will not end.
        take care otherwise for those whom thinks they will escape the enemy by betraying their brothers will not be surprise when the enemy completes the circle with them at last.

        Take care Africa !!!!!!

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