ICC’s Kamara denies targeting African leaders

The International Criminal Court has dismissed claims that the first permanent war crimes court could be targeting African leaders.

The Court’s Outreach Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda Maria Kamara says the Hague-based war tribunal is only protecting victims who suffered harm as a result of the commission of any of the ICC’s crimes after July 1, 2002.

President Yoweri Museveni has often said the ICC seems to be targeting only African leaders despite overwhelming evidence that other leaders in the world are committing crimes.

However, giving updates on the Pre-trial against LRA’s Dominic Ongwen in Lira Town, Kamara said 22 cases had been brought before the ICC, none of which targets African leaders.

There are 123 countries that are parties to the Rome Statute.

Of these, 34 are from Africa, 19 from the Asia-Pacific, 18 from Eastern Europe, 27 from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as 25 Western European and North America.