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The International Criminal Court and the Politicisation of Human Rights
October 27,2014   By:CSHRS

David HOILE 


The International Criminal Court was embraced with enthusiasm by a wide range of people, non-governmental organisations and governments when it came into being on 1 July 2002. The International Criminal Court presents itself as a permanent, independent, international court to try individuals who commit the world's most serious crimes: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC was established by the Rome Statute, which was adopted after the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of a Permanent International Criminal Court in Rome on 17 July 1998. The Court came into being in 2002.

Despite an auspicious start, however, the ICC ran into considerable controversy within months of its establishment. The Court has become caught up in allegations that it is a clear example of the politicisation of human rights.

With hindsight, it can be seen that the Court clearly contained the seeds of its own destruction from the start. The ICC has turned out to be one of the most dangerous manifestations of globalisation with what appears to be an almost exclusive focus on Africa.

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