For four hours and thirty minutes, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor led by Senior Trial Lawyer, Benjamin Gumpert presented to the judges a wrap up of key issues that had already been presented during the course of 231 day trial that started on December 6, 2016.
The report documents evidence implicating the SPLA in intentionally killing unarmed and fleeing civilians. It shows that People who tried to defend themselves or their families had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or were castrated. Victims were also forced to engage in unspeakable acts and some, including children were compelled to rape their family members.
The European Union has criticised the visit of President Omar Al-Bashir to Uganda, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court ICC. The Sudanese leader yesterday concluded a two-day working visit to Uganda at the invitation of his counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni and his guest looked at ease, holding talks in Entebbe State House and then visiting Musevenis farm in Gomba District, some 136kms outside Kampala
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council NRC said it is the duty of aid workers to work where needs are greatest.He however noted that international humanitarian community is failing too many people in too many places from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Nigeria.
The head of Information and Evidence Unit at the office of the ICC Prosecutor Mark P. Dillion said that the communication has been entered into the communications register and would be given consideration as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute.
The appeal, embedded in the annual report of the ICC, comes barely a week after three African countries -- South Africa, Burundi and Gambia -- announced their intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the Court. They claim the court has been used to persecute African leaders.
Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have demanded an immediate end to all human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan and stressed that those responsible will be held accountable.