“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Friday, November 15, 2013

UN Council rejects Africa challenge to Kenya ICC trial

Google – AFP, Timothy Witcher (AFP), 15 November 2013 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) speaks with Foreign Minister Amina 
Mohammed (R), and Attorney General Githu Mungai (2-R) at the African Union
 ahead of a special summit on the International Criminal Court (ICC) on October 12, 
2013 (AFP/File, Elias Asmare)

UNITED NATIONS (United States) — The UN Security Council on Friday rejected an African demand to suspend the International Criminal Court crimes against humanity trials of Kenya's top two leaders, sparking a diplomatic storm.

Some African nations reacted with fury to the rebuff, while Security Council members were angered by accusations by Kenya and its allies that they had humiliated the continent.

An African resolution called on the council to use its special powers to defer the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto for one year.

The two are accused of fomenting political unrest after a 2007 election in which more than 1,100 people died.

Kenyan Vice President William Ruto arrives 
on September 23, 2013 at the International
 Criminal Court in The Hague (AFP/File, 
Jan Hennop)
But the resolution got only seven votes, two below the number needed to pass in the 15-member body.

Eight council nations, all ICC members or supporters including Britain, France and the United States, abstained to ensure the failure of the bid.

The draft resolution said the court case is "distracting and preventing" Kenyatta and Ruto from carrying out their duties.

It took up African Union complaints that the two should be left to handle Kenya's role in battling Islamist militants in Somalia and the aftermath of September's mall attack in Nairobi, which left 67 dead.

African leaders frequently complain that the ICC discriminates against their continent.
China and Russia gave strong backing to the resolution.

ICC member states acknowledge that Kenya is a special case, but say Kenyatta and Ruto must be judged on their legal merits.

Western diplomats and activists see the campaign to halt the proceedings as political and, more generally by countries opposed to the ICC, to discredit the court.

"Reason and the law have been thrown out the window. Fear and distrust has been allowed to prevail. Africa is disappointed and we regret this very much," Kenyan UN Ambassador Macharia Kamau said after the vote.

He blasted what he called the "paranoid" fear of some nations that other leaders could use the deferral as a precedent to delay any proceedings against them.

Rwanda, a temporary member of the Security Council, played a key role in drawing up the resolution. Its UN envoy, Eugene Richard Gasana, said the council had "failed" Kenya and Africa by rejecting the resolution.

But the African nations who put forward the measure also faced strong criticism for the way it was portrayed as a vote for or against Africa.

Guatemalan UN Ambassador Gert Rosenthal called the tactic "offensive" and highlighted how Security Council countries had provided peacekeeping troops to Africa and backed efforts to boost justice on the continent.

"In our view, the voting was detrimental for the African Union, which perceives that its proposal was rejected; for the International Criminal Court, whose aspiration of universal membership is under assault, and for the Security Council, which presents itself... divided," Rosenthal said.

French UN Ambassador Gerard Araud said the vote risked sparking an "unnecessary confrontation" between the African Union and the Security Council.

A general view of the courtroom on April 7, 2011 at the International Crime Court
(ICC) in the Hague during a hearing of three Kenyans charged in connection with 
post-electoral violence in 2007-2008 (ANP/AFP/File, Lex van Lieshout)

Britain's UN envoy Mark Lyall Grant, meanwhile, said the resolution was "unnecessarily" put to a vote.

The United States, Britain and France said Africa's complaints should be put to a meeting of the ICC member countries due to start in The Hague on Wednesday.

The meeting is to consider changes in procedure -- such as allowing defendants to appear by video conference -- which could ease the conditions for the trials of the Kenyan leaders.

"We believe that justice for the victims of that violence is critical to the country's long term peace and security," said US UN envoy Samantha Power, whose country is not an ICC member but strongly supports its work.

Ruto's trial has started, while that of Kenyatta is scheduled to get underway February 5 after being delayed three times.

"Kenya's leadership wants theses cases squashed, but that would rob the victims of horrific crimes of any hope of redress," said Richard Dicker, international justice specialist for Human Rights Watch.

"One wonders whether the governments which pushed the resolution did so in a bid to ward off the possibility of their own officials being prosecuted for crimes in the future," he added. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.