#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 29 – The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights situation called Tuesday for referring the communist nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to show that the international community takes the issue seriously.

“This would send an unequivocal signal that the international community is determined to take the follow-up to the work the Commission of Inquiry on the DPRK (North Korea) to a new level,” Marzuki Darusman, the special U.N. investigator, said during a presentation of his latest report to the U.N.

He also urged the U.N. General Assembly to submit a U.N. Commission of Inquiry report to the U.N. Security Council for further action. That report, issued early this year, concluded that the ICC should handle human rights abuses in the North as “crimes against humanity.” 
   Darusman’s presentation came a day after he held the first-ever meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The two sides discussed the possibility of the U.N. investigator visiting the North.

The meeting came as North Korean diplomats have been struggling to spare the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, from a U.N. General Assembly resolution, led by the European Union, which calls for referring North Korean leaders responsible for violations to the ICC.

Sources: Yonhap News Agency – AFP – AP – UN News Centre 


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International Criminal Court: ‘ Prosecutors Accuse Kenyan Government of Failing to Hand Over Phone and Bank Records ‘

#AceNewsServices – AMSTERDAM – October 07  – International prosecutors accused the Kenyan government on Tuesday of failing to hand over phone and bank records they said would help them show President Uhuru Kenyatta paid collaborators to take part in post-election violence in 2007.

' President Uhuru Kenyatta '

‘ President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘

Kenyatta denies charges of co-orchestrating the wave of violence in which 1,200 people were killed and a government representative dismissed the prosecutors’ allegations. Kenyatta’s lawyers have argued that the requests were a cover for a lack of evidence.

Both sides were speaking at a hearing of the International Criminal Court to decide whether the Hague-based court should drop the case against Kenyatta or agree to a prosecution request to delay it pending the handover of the requested evidence.

Kenyatta is expected to attend proceedings on Wednesday, becoming the first sitting head of state to do so.

The case is a major test for the 11-year-old court, which has had a string of collapsed cases and been accused of singling out Africans for prosecution.



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