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Africa's Unjust Deserts
Description: The world has spent billions in its attempt to punish those who have perpetrated horrendous crimes against their fellow Africans. But is this effort paying off? Globe and Mail correspondent Stephanie Nolen finds that not only is international justice a Catch-22, prompting unwanted leaders to cling to power, the redress it offers isn't even what the people really want.
Date: 14 June 2008
Author: Stephanie Nolen
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 14, 2008, Page F1

Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda are discussed as examples of how a largely Western-based hunger for prosecution can prolong the misery and political unrest in these countries. In 2005, the ICC issued its first-ever indictments, against Joseph Kony and four of his senior commanders in the Lord's Resistance Army, in Uganda.

"The ICC has made it impossible for Kony and any of his commanders who think they are going to be imminently indicted to come out," says specialist Erin Baines, an expert on Uganda and transitional justice with the Liu Centre for Global Issues at UBC.

Last year, peace negotiators tried to offer Mr. Kony a judicial process in Uganda - instead of at the Hague - which could include traditional truth-telling and reconciliation rituals, but he reportedly was certain he would be handed over to the ICC.

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