Kenya writes protest letter on ICC

Written By Michael Maunda on Friday, November 7, 2014 | 12:02 AM


ICC headquarters in the Hague
KENYA has written another protest letter to the Assembly of States Parties after it failed to have its proposed ICC amendments put on the agenda of a forthcoming meeting.


Kenya's permanent representative to the UN Macharia Kamau wrote to ASP president Tiina Intelmann, expressing the country's concerns.


Kamau has written to complain about the Working Group on Amendments that was held on October 29 and criticised the process of selecting the agenda.


"The Permanent Mission of Kenya remains concerned that the process of selection of matters to be taken up as agenda items of the WGA has not been consultative or inclusive with respect to content and timing of the meeting," Kamau said in the letter.


He said it was not right for the ASP to consider new proposals while older ones were still pending.
"Kenya wishes to place on record these concerns and inform that, as members of an institution that ostensibly upholds the rule of law and respect for due process, yet again we are witnessing the flaunting of these principles and lack of transparency and positive action that would otherwise build coherence and good faith among states parties," Kamau said.


Last week, it emerged that States Parties to the Rome Statute may not, despite Kenya's requests, discuss the government's radical proposals to grant immunity to sitting heads of states at the upcoming assembly in New York.


Instead, the Assembly of States Parties WGA decided to give priority to changes that “will improve the functions of the International Criminal Court”.


Kenya is proposing to amend the statute to explicitly state that sitting presidents and their deputies “may be exempt from prosecution during their current term of office”.


Kenya is also seeking changes to the section of the statute that covers offences against the administration of justice. 


It wants a clause added that would explicitly include the Office of the Prosecutor itself among those that can be held accountable for such an offence.


Source: the-star


KENYA has written another protest letter to the Assembly of States Parties after it failed to have its proposed ICC amendments put on the agenda of a forthcoming meeting.
Kenya's permanent representative to the UN Macharia Kamau wrote to ASP president Tiina Intelmann, expressing the country's concerns.
Kamau has written to complain about the Working Group on Amendments that was held on October 29 and criticised the process of selecting the agenda.
"The Permanent Mission of Kenya remains concerned that the process of selection of matters to be taken up as agenda items of the WGA has not been consultative or inclusive with respect to content and timing of the meeting," Kamau said in the letter.
He said it was not right for the ASP to consider new proposals while older ones were still pending.
"Kenya wishes to place on record these concerns and inform that, as members of an institution that ostensibly upholds the rule of law and respect for due process, yet again we are witnessing the flaunting of these principles and lack of transparency and positive action that would otherwise build coherence and good faith among states parties," Kamau said.
Last week, it emerged that States Parties to the Rome Statute may not, despite Kenya's requests, discuss the government's radical proposals to grant immunity to sitting heads of states at the upcoming assembly in New York.
Instead, the Assembly of States Parties WGA decided to give priority to changes that “will improve the functions of the International Criminal Court”.
Kenya is proposing to amend the statute to explicitly state that sitting presidents and their deputies “may be exempt from prosecution during their current term of office”.
Kenya is also seeking changes to the section of the statute that covers offences against the administration of justice.
It wants a clause added that would explicitly include the Office of the Prosecutor itself among those that can be held accountable for such an offence.
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