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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

There are despots outside of Africa too

Critics accuse the International Criminal Court (ICC) of concentrating too much on African countries. The court is nevertheless a success, writes the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "The prosecutors at the ICC point out that only in the rarest cases were they the ones who brought cases before the court, and that in four cases (Uganda, Congo, Central African Republic and Ivory Coast) African governments themselves were the ones who wanted to see their adversaries on trial. ... So accusations of hypocrisy must be aimed not at the prosecutor's office in The Hague but at the African heads of state. They call on the ICC when it them suits them, and when it doesn't they bad-mouth it or simply ignore it. ... Like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, a growing number of governments want to join the 120 states that have already signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Nevertheless the real triumph will only come when the despot-hunters also aim their sights at other regions of the world. Syria for a start."

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