Several African countries that are state parties to the ICC's Rome Statute [materials] have come under fire for allowing al-Bashir to attend events in their countries without arrest. Last week, the ICC asked the Central African Republic to take steps to arrest al-Bashir and transfer him to the court if he should enter the country for its independence celebrations. In August, Kenya welcomed al-Bashir to a celebration for the country's adoption of a new constitution [JURIST report]. The ICC reported Kenya [JURIST report] to the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute as a result of the country's failure to arrest al-Bashir. Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] urged Kenya to reaffirm its commitment to the ICC [JURIST report]. The ICC also reported Chad [decision, PDF] for failing to arrest al-Bashir when he visited the country in July.
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