African Heads of state to meet in Ethiopia to decide whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court
Heads of State from 54 African countries are scheduled to meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday October 13th, to decide on whether the continent can pull out of the International Criminal Court. They accuse the court of targeting African leaders. The latest to be summoned for trial are Kenya’s new President, Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice William Ruto, who are accused of masterminding the 2007 post-election violence in which more than one thousand people were killed. Uhuru Kenyatta threatened last week that his country would withdraw from the court. The former Secretary General of the United Nations, Koffi Annan, and 130 civil society organisations have called upon African governments to continue supporting the court because it guarantees justice for the victims of human rights abuses.