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In Nice Idea, now make it work

by David De La Torre

In Nice Idea, now make it work, The Economist reports that the International Criminal Court is losing support in Africa.

African leaders, anguished by the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and the unpunished evils of apartheid, were originally among those keenest on the ICC. Of the 139 countries that have signed its founding Rome statute, 34 are African. But Africa’s support began to waver in 2006, when the court looked into atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region and, three years later, issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, charging him with genocide, among other crimes.

The case against Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, has resulted in support wobbling still more. [more]