Rights group criticizes African Union ICC declaration Cynthia Miley at 12:16 PM ET
[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Sunday stated [press release] that the African Union (AU) [official website] declaration [JURIST report] on Saturday that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] was "deplorable." AI also criticized the AU's denouncement of the ICC trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] and Deputy President William Ruto [JURIST news archive]. AI stated: "These trials should and must go ahead. Any move by the Security Council on foot of the AU's request to delay justice would be political interference in independent judicial proceedings." AI argues that the declaration sends the message that African politicians place political interests above victims' interest, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
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