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Kenya welcomes wanted president


Fergus Hanson


30 August 2010 13:05

The International Criminal Court issued one of its more interesting press releases on Friday. A Pre-Trial Chamber at the Court decided to inform the UN Security Council of the visit by Sudan's wanted President, Omar Al Bashir (pictured), to Kenya and Chad — both of which are states parties to the Court and have committed to cooperating in arresting all of the suspects it has indicted.

It's not the first time the President, who is wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, has risked international travel, but it does suggest the Court is changing its approach: switching from quiet behind-the-scenes diplomacy to public shaming (although it took some time to comment on the visit to Chad). 

A spokesperson for Human Rights Watch said 'hosting al-Bashir would throw into question Kenya's commitment to cooperate with the ICC in its Kenyan investigation.' It probably does, but Kenya has still made a firm commitment to cooperate with the Court so this more assertive approach from the Court is a welcome development. 

Photo by Flickr user Ammar Abd Rabbo, used under a Creative commons license.