Since its inception in July 2002 the ICC [JURIST backgrounder] has become a dominant organization in international relations and the premiere tribunal for the prosecution of war crimes. Earlier this week a group of 130 African organizations published a letter [text] urging [press release] African members of the ICC to declare their support for the court [JURIST report] at the upcoming African Union (AU) [official website] summit. Last month Kenya was the first country to approve a motion to leave the ICC [JURIST report; JURIST op-ed]. The move is in response to the trials [ICC backgrounder] of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, who are accused of crimes against humanity and inciting violence after contested elections in 2007.
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