On October 5, 2013, US Navy SEALS
conducted a raid to capture
Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, a Kenyan national, in Somalia. Abdikadir is a senior member of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly
attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Considering that U.S. embassy operations are currently
suspended in Somalia, and the United States is not engaged in a military
conflict with Somalia outside of performing support obligations to the Africa
Union through NATO, under
what authority was the United States acting?
| Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Wed. February 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: African Union, AUMF, Customary International Law, Kenya, Somalia, Syria
unhappiness with the International Criminal Court, the African Union now
demands the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be postponed following the
Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya. President Kenyatta and his deputy,
William Ruto, are both charged with crimes against humanity. The two are accused of being involved in
violence that followed the disputed presidential elections of 2007 leaving over
1,100 people dead and more than 600,000 displaced.
International Criminal Court was established in 2002 when its founding treaty,
the Rome Statute, entered into force. The ICC was created to prosecute claims
of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes that were not being
properly investigated in the countries where they took place. Today, 122 countries have ratified the
Rome Statute and submitted themselves to the ICC’s jurisdiction. Of the African Union’s 54 members, 34
are parties to the ICC.
members of the African Union believe that no sitting head of state should be prosecuted by an international
tribunal, and that the trial of President Kenyatta should be postponed as a
result. Pressure has been building . . .
| Posted by Emily C. Doll on Thu. November 7, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: African Union, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Kenya