360° Coverage : South Africa against trial of sitting leaders

3 Updates
South Africa against trial of sitting leaders
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

South Africa against trial of sitting leaders

Nov 6 2013, 7:28pm CST | by IANS

Cape Town, Nov 7 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that sitting African heads of state should not stand trial.

Cape Town, Nov 7 — South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that sitting African heads of state should not stand trial. "What we are guarding against is the situation where countries that...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

South Africa against trial of sitting leaders

Nov 6 2013, 7:28pm CST | by IANS

Cape Town, Nov 7 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that sitting African heads of state should not stand trial.

Cape Town, Nov 7 — South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that sitting African heads of state should not stand trial.

"What we are guarding against is the situation where countries that had moved to a semblance of stability suddenly regress due to a vacuum that would be created when leaders are taken away to stand trial," Xinhua quoted Zuma as saying in parliament.

The president was answering a question about the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s attempt to try certain African leaders.

The ICC is seeking to bring to trial Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for allegedly instigating violence during the country's 2007 general election in which more than 1,000 people died.

Some African countries have threatened to pull out from the ICC, accusing the tribunal of unfairly targeting Africans, including Kenyatta and Ruto.

The African Union (AU) has asked the UN Security Council to urge the ICC to defer the case against Kenyatta and Ruto until they finish their terms.

The AU, Zuma said, is committed to equality before the law and to fighting impunity, hence the process of expanding the mandate of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, which would help find African solutions to African problems.

"The recommendation that sitting heads of state should not stand trial in a manner that would disrupt governance in their countries will not necessarily result in heads of state extending their terms of office," Zuma said.

The AU has its own instruments for promoting the adherence to democratic principles, such as the Charter on Good Democracy, Elections and Governance and the peer review mechanisms, according to Zuma.

African countries account for 34 of the 122 parties to have ratified the Rome Statute, the court's founding treaty, which took effect July 1, 2002.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

South Africa Tells Dalai Lama: No Visa, No Cry

Oct 7 2014 1:52pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The South African government asked the Dalai Lama to withdraw his application for a visa to visit the country, for reasons “in the national interest,” according to Guy Lieberman, a Tibetan activist who helped organize the three previous visits by the Dalai Lama to South Africa. The government had said that the Tibetan leader, who was scheduled to attend the Nobel Peace Laureates world summit this week, changed his mind about attending, ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
2

8 weeks ago

Muslim Premier League Footballer Takes Second Wife; Can't Understand What All The Fuss Is About

Oct 1 2014 4:54am CDT | Source: Big Government

A Muslim premier league footballer has taken a second wife in his native Côte d’Ivoire. Although polygamy is illegal both in that country and in the UK, Cheick Tioté, 28, who earns £45,000 ($73,000) a week playing for Newcastle United insists he has done nothing wrong and that it is “nothing unusual”. Tioté already has one wife, Madah, 25, who lives with him and their two young children in their £1.5 million stone farm ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc (Intro Roundup)
Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) In a final ice-breaking moment that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the bloc's 18th summit here Thursday, to resounding applause from a relieved audience comprising leaders, diplomats and officials from the eight South Asian countries.
 
 
Uneasy calm returns to Ferguson as protests continue nationwide (Roundup)
Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) An uneasy calm returned to Ferguson Thursday after two nights of unrest over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in August.
 
 
How Koirala broke the impasse between India, Pakistan
Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala played a crucial role in ending the impasse between India and Pakistan during the retreat at Dhulikhel near here Thursday on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc Summit.
 
 
British PM faces heat over failure to cut immigration
London, Nov 27 (IANS) With net annual migration soaring to more than a quarter of a million, British Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to reduce the figures has been questioned.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc (Intro Roundup)
Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) In a final ice-breaking moment that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Uneasy calm returns to Ferguson as protests continue nationwide (Roundup)
Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) An uneasy calm returned to Ferguson Thursday after two nights of unrest over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Ricky Martin's twins love touring
Ricky Martin says his twins love going on tour with him. The 'Adrenalina' singer has five-year-old boys Matteo and Valentino and whenever he can he takes them on the road with him because he misses them if he's apart...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Taylor Swift: Mistakes are good for you
Taylor Swift says some of her ''biggest mistakes'' have been her ''best lessons'' in life. The 24-year-old musician insists she always takes the positive from every situation and even though she has had to deal with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jessica Alba's dad cooks 'hot n' spicy' turkey
Jessica Alba's dad cooks a ''hot n' spicy'' turkey at Thanksgiving. The 33-year-old actress celebrated the holiday early this year as she's currently filming 'Mechanic: Resurrection' in Thailand and she's revealed her...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are too 'young' for babies
Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are too ''young'' to have children. The 2014 Formula 1 champion isn't ready to settle down and start a family with the 36-year-old singer because they are both too busy. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
How Koirala broke the impasse between India, Pakistan
Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala played a crucial role in ending the impasse between India and Pakistan during the retreat at Dhulikhel near here Thursday on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Sindhu, Prannoy in Macau Open quarters
Macau, Nov 27 (IANS) Two-time World Championships bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu and male shuttler H.S. Prannoy entered the quarter-finals in the singles competitions of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold at the Tap Seac...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
British PM faces heat over failure to cut immigration
London, Nov 27 (IANS) With net annual migration soaring to more than a quarter of a million, British Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to reduce the figures has been questioned. Official figures Thursday showed...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Fact file: Phillip Joel Hughes
Sydney, No Nov 27 (IANS) Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, renowned as an aggressive batsman, was on the verge of reigniting his Test career before he was fatally hit on the head while batting in the Sheffield Shield...
Read more on Sport Balla