Kenya’s Ruto to cooperate with ICC despite African pressure

Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto said on Tuesday he would continue to cooperate with the International Criminal Court despite a call from African leaders for his case and that of President Uhuru Kenyatta to be delayed. But said he should be excused from appearing in person so that he could carry on with his duties in Kenya. Ruto and Kenyatta face charges of crimes against humanity over accusations they orchestrated widespread violence after a disputed 2007 election. Both men deny the charges and have tried to have their prosecutions adjourned or halted. An African Union summit at the weekend criticized the workings of the court, complaining it had only pursued Africans. It urged the U.N. Security Council should defer the trials of Kenyatta and Ruto under article 16 of the court’s Rome Statute, which allows for an initial delay of a year, or the AU would seek an alternative means of postponement. (Now what are these alternative means of postponement?) For western nations, Kenya is a vital regional ally in the battle against militant Islam. The United States and European nations, who are big donors to Kenya, have so far given little indication of their next moves.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/us-kenya-icc-ruto-idUSBRE99E0IT20131015?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=69

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SAUDI ARABIA REJECTS SEAT ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL

Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.The Saudi discontent stems from its frustration with longtime ally United States. The two are at odds over a number of Mideast issues, including how Washington has handled some of the region’s crises, particularly in Egypt and Syria. It also comes as ties between the U.S. and Iran, the Saudi’s regional foe, appear to be improving following a recent telephone conversation between President Barack Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani.

what it wants to achieve by rejecting the seat?

Source: hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_UN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-10-18-05-24-25

My Ignorance

 

so the marked area is a country of which i was not aware. in case, you share my ignorance, this is republic of Azerbaijan. but you might ask why am I talking about this country.  this country had a president named Heydar Aliyev who ruled the country for about 10 years, and succeeded by his son Ilham Alieyev, who recently won presidential election i.e. in Oct, 2013. But, the election process was criticized by many quarters for not being fair The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly found that the election fell far short of international standards.  European election observers announced starkly different assessments.  European Parliament (EP) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) praised the election and said they observed a “free, fair and transparent” process around election day.

Apart from this I don’t have much knowledge about this country. Lets see what will be future of such democracy.

Source: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/10/16/dispatches-azerbaijan-attacking-messengers

you can actually read the related articles, they are useful in one sense but i generally don’t place whole reliance upon whatever is found over internet.

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A silent club has no future

Gambia has declared that it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a “neocolonial institution”, according to the country’s President, Yahya Jammeh. No further reasons were given, but the decision may well be related to the poor relationship between Jammeh and the U.K. He’s accused Britain of backing his political opposition, and this year the Foreign Office criticised Gambia’s human rights record. In today’s crowded marketplace of international organisations, the Commonwealth is caught in an existential crisis about its role. it has no great budget and resources. It cannot deliver substantial programmes, instead having to rely on nudging governments to do better. Gambia’s decision signals the beginning of the end for this once great institution. The secretariat is accused of actively dodging any politically sensitive issue, and its reticence to speak out means that the Commonwealth suffers from a very low public profile. A 2009 poll in seven countries showed than only a third of people could identify what the Commonwealth does.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-silent-club-has-no-future/article5201809.ece