Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

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The upcoming AU Summit will be “closed”, allowing only the accredited delegations and staff to participate in and witness its deliberations. What is clear is that it will give the current class of Africa’s Heads of State a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-shape the organization.

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Whether it was the Ebola outbreak, drowning of African refugees in the Mediterranean, famines, the return of the god-President, the International Criminal Court or popular uprisings by young people demanding revolutionary change, the out-going Chairperson of the African Union Commission failed Africa. Her successor must be someone who understands, cares about and has a vision for the continent and its people.


Many Africans supported the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because we believed it would help us end high-level impunity for mass atrocities and ‘enable us to attain the best we are capable of,’ Chidi Anselm Odinkalu tells Pambazuka News. But just five years after the ICC received its first case from Uganda, victims of ‘bad government’ across the continent are no longer sure the court can help them secure justice.

On 4 June 2003, former Pentagon lawyer and Prosecutor of the United Nations-sanctioned Special Court for Sierra Leone (SC-SL), David Crane, unsealed and made public the indictment of Charles Ghankay Taylor, President of Liberia. The indictment accused Mr. Taylor of personal responsibility for multiple and egregious violations of international humanitarian law, war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the recently abated war in Sierra Leone. In the view of the Prosecutor, Mr. more