PHOTOS: Extraordinary Session Of The AU Assembly

PHOTO | ELIAS ASMARE Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) speaks with Cabinet secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohammed (R), and Attorney General Githu Mungai (2-R) at the African Union ahead of a special summit on the continent's relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on October 12, 2013.  AFP
PHOTO | ELIAS ASMARE Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) speaks with Cabinet secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohammed (R), and Attorney General Githu Mungai (2-R) at the African Union ahead of a special summit on the continent’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on October 12, 2013. AFP

African leaders on Friday and Saturday met in an Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the continent’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A general view shows the opening session of Heads of States and Government of the African Union on the case of African relationship with the International Criminal Court in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Oct. 11, 2013.
A general view shows the opening session of Heads of States and Government of the African Union on the case of African relationship with the International Criminal Court in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Oct. 11, 2013.

The leaders met and discussed withdrawing from the ICC, but failed to get support.

With both Kenyan and Sudanese presidents facing ICC cases, African leaders have long complained that the court unfairly targets them.

President Yoweri Museveni(right) , Sudane's Eli Bashir (left) among African leaders during an extra ordinary AU summit in Addis-Ababa on 12/10/2013. PPU photo
President Yoweri Museveni(right) , Sudane’s Eli Bashir (left) among African leaders during an extra ordinary AU summit in Addis-Ababa on 12/10/2013. PPU photo

The leaders agreed

African leaders observe a moment of silence for Westgate victims in terrorist attack in Kenya recently; President Yoweri Museveni(center) among them during an extra ordinary AU summit in Addis-Ababa on 12/10/2013. PPU photo
African leaders observe a moment of silence for Westgate victims in terrorist attack in Kenya recently; President Yoweri Museveni(center) among them during an extra ordinary AU summit in Addis-Ababa on 12/10/2013. PPU photo

Both he and his deputy, William Ruto, deny charges of organising violence after the 2007 election.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arriving for the summit.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arriving for the summit.

While Mr Ruto went on trial in September, President Kenyatta has repeatedly requested his trial – due next month – be postponed.

At the summit, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni met with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir and held talks although it is not clearly what the two leaders discussed.
At the summit, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni met with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir and held talks although it is not clearly what the two leaders discussed.

At the summit, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni met with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir and held talks although it is not clearly what the two leaders discussed.

AU Chief Dlamini Zuma addressing the summit
AU Chief Dlamini Zuma addressing the summit

The two nations enjoy tense relations.

Ethiopian Prime Minister and AU chairman Hailemariam Dessalegn said the summit was not a crusade against the ICC but a call for the court to address Africa’s concerns seriously.

 

2 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Extraordinary Session Of The AU Assembly

  1. Then the UN should also put restrictions on which African leaders should NOT travel abroad seeking AID.Why kill your own citizens in the name of staying in power and then fear to face the Hague court? what a shame.

  2. The ICC as a court aspiring to champion international justice can only be credible if all countries of the world are equally likely to face prosecution by this court. According to its current set up, the top two notorious countries in terms of waging wars and killings millions of people are effectively above this court i.e. USA and Israel. The nationals of these countries are unfairly protected, yet I can state with confidence that there is no country on earth that kills more people in war than these two.

    So for me, ICC is good for witch hunting some human beings, while turning a blind eye to the biggest criminals. This is immoral. We either have to agree that we are all under the same court or let individual countries or groups of countries work out their own soultions.

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