Prof. Charles Jalloh Interviewed on Voice of America TV on Kenya’s Parliamentary Vote to Withdraw from the International Criminal Court
On September 6, 2013, Charles C. Jalloh, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, was the invited expert on the Africa 54 program hosted by Vincent Makori for Voice of America TV in Washington. He discussed the implications of Kenya’s parliamentary vote last week urging the government to withdraw the influential East African nation from the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). He explained that, contrary to what Kenyan politicians have been leading their people to believe, withdrawal from the treaty that has so far been endorsed by 122 countries (including 34 African States) will not affect the ICC’s pending crimes against humanity prosecutions of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto. The United States under President Bill Clinton signed, but has not yet become, a party to the ICC treaty. In Professor Jalloh’s view, this latest attempt to politicize the work that the ICC is carrying out on behalf of over 1,300 innocent Kenyans killed in the 2007-2008 post-election violence is a step backward in the fight against impunity in Africa.