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ICCwatch exists to monitor and provide a critique of the International Criminal Court and the broader movement towards transnational governance.

The experience of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), together
with its Rwandan counterpart (ICTR), have left many real advocates of human rights, democracy and international peace extremely anxious concerning the activities of
the ICC.

ICCwatch will also concern itself with the record and activities of the ICTY
and the ICTR as they are part and parcel of the same supranationalist phenomenon.

The ICC is a body that has been set up unilaterally by a group of nations and is not answerable to any elected parliament or higher authority. It is a law unto itself and
the western powers that have brought it into being.
In keeping with the politics of transnationalism, the officials of the ICC will enjoy immunity from prosecution ...


Selective Justice - Crosstalk


Building Restorative International Justice event

Watch the full debate here / see photos here


Speech by Dr. John Laughland at the ICCwatch debate:
"The International Criminal Court:
Best hope for mankind or threat to freedom?"

held at the Ideas Space, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London

The International Criminal Court:
Europe's Guantanamo Bay?

by David Hoile (2010)

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PRESS RELEASE: 17 January 2013

New ICC Prosecutor repeats old
Prosecutor's mistakes

On 16 January 2012 the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, the successor of Luis Moreno Ocampo, announced that the Court was formally opening an investigation into alleged crimes committed on the territory of Mali since January 2012. ICCwatch director Marc Glendening has pointed out however that, in accepting this Malian self-referral, Fatou Bensouda is repeating an institutional mistake made by her predecessor, Luis Moreno Ocampo ...

Click here to read the full release - for a pdf version, click here (161k)


PRESS RELEASE: 1 September 2012

Change of ICC Chief Prosecutor changes nothing

The Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda has been sworn in as the International Criminal Court's new chief prosecutor, replacing the scandal-ridden and incompetent Luis Moreno Ocampo. ICCwatch Director Marc Glendening notes however:

"There are several clear reservations about Bensouda. While she has stated that she is ready to lead the fight against the world's worst war criminals, she did not mention that the ICC will ignore any crimes against humanity or war crimes committed by western or NATO forces in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere ..."

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PRESS RELEASE: 15 August 2012

Ocampo goes, a corrupt and incompetent
court remains

Luis Moreno Ocampo's tenure as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has come to an end. His replacement as prosecutor, however, does not in any way disguise the reality that the Court remains a corrupt and incompetent institution ...

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Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial must be stopped, Kenya tells UN
Daily Telegraph - 9 May 2013

"In a confidential letter dated May 2nd, Kenya reportedly asked the United Nations Security Council to scrap the international crimes against humanity trials for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto ..."


Kenya: British PM defends Uhuru invitation
AllAfrica - 9 May 2013

"The British government has defended meetings by its officials with President Uhuru Kenyatta despite his indictment by the International Criminal Court. Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC that he met Uhuru because Kenya was playing a vital role fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia. He said Uhuru had assured him that he was cooperating with the ICC and in Cameron's view, he is "innocent until proved guilty."


Mahmood Mamdani criticises the TRC and ICC’s narrow focus
BooksLive - 9 May 2013

"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) only dealt with individual violators of human rights in a narrow way, ignoring the issues that led to the violence – and the International Criminal Court (ICC) is doing the same. This is what Mahmood Mamdani, author of Define and Rule, told Shaun de Waal in a recent interview ..."


ICC trial of Kenya's deputy President postponed
AllAfrica - 6 May 2013

"The International Criminal Court (ICC) has now postponed the May trial of Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang ..."


Bemba Trial Stalls Due to Absence of Defense Witnesses
AllAfrica - 3 May 2013

"Jean-Pierre Bemba's trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has stalled once again, as the defense continues to experience difficulties in getting witnesses to appear before the court ..."


Mahmood Mamdani: Legal Band-Aid not for deep wounds
Mail & Guardian - 3 May 2013

"What is common to the TRC and the ICC is that both ignore the issues that led to the violence. But there’s no real way forward unless we take on the issues. I believe we are dealing with cycles of violence and, when it comes to cycles of violence such as go into the making of a civil war, each side has a narrative of victimhood ..."


ICC Judge withdraws from Uhuru, Ruto case
Uganda New Vision - 29 April 2013

"A Belgium judge who was one of the judges handling the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has withdrawn. Belgium Judge Van den Wyngaert maintained that the Prosecution failed to properly investigate the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta prior to confirmation ..."


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