The International Criminal Court……

27 Apr

The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 for the purpose of bringing to trial Dictators, Rebel Forces Leaders and other undesirables accused of committing Human Rights violations and Crimes against Humanity.  I have not been able to find a definitive figure for the costs of running the ICC, although it is almost certainly into hundreds of millions of Pounds annually, paid for by the tax payers of signatory countries.  With no shortage of candidates responsible for Human Rights violations, one would have expected the ICC to proudly list its achievements.  However, to date they have secured only one such conviction, that of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor……

Charles Taylor was found guilty of ‘Aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting the rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone, in return for ‘blood diamonds’.  Some of the abhorrent crimes committed in Sierra Leone range from the raping of women and children, amputation of limbs, the burning down of villages and the use of child soldiers.  The sentence has yet to be announced but the ICC does not have the death penalty in its remit.  Life, or 25 years is likely to be the sentence handed down.  And where will Charles Taylor be incarcerated; in aUK high security prison at an estimated cost of £100,000 per year.  Again, I have not been able to establish who will bare the cost of this……

I am fully committed to the trials of Human Rights abusers but with many, many candidates who could be brought before the ICC, a poultry single successful conviction in over ten years of operation appears to show that the ICC has very little practical use for the purpose for which it was set up.  It is merely the ICC in name only and whist the rest of the world faces austerity, slave labour and starvation for many, you can be fairly confident that the ICC big-wigs and employees will be getting well remunerated……

There are many candidates who could be brought before the ICC.  The Chinese Government, former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and Sri Lankan rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, to name but a few.  The question of the United Kingdom and United State’s complicity into the illegal ‘extraordinary rendition’ of their own citizens to face torture in 3rd party states and subsequent detention without trial at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Airbase, could easily be defined as Human Rights abuses by many.  The issue of innocent civilians losing their lives in the drone attacks against alleged ‘enemy combatants’, killed by the US Government on foreign sovereign territories, without being subject to any judicial process, could also amount to contraventions of Human Rights law and international criminal acts.  Somehow, I don’t imagine George W. Bush, Tony Blair or any high ranking officials being summoned to face charges at the ICC any time soon……

The International Criminal Court is little more than a folly set up to satisfy the West’s interpretation of crimes against humanity and appears to apply to Middle Eastern and African countries.  The West has chosen to apply its own version of what constitutes a war crime and human rights abuse by a definition which suits them and absolves them from the application of unilateral standards……

Charles Taylor intends to appeal his conviction by the ICC, a process which could take even more time and cost you and I even more in tax contributions.  Watch this space……

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