Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade

Role and Functions: Discussion with International Criminal Court

11:10 am

Photo of Eric ByrneEric Byrne (Dublin South Central, Labour) | Oireachtas source

Yes. Can Mrs. Bensouda explain how all these institutions knit together?

Eight countries are currently being investigated and they are all African countries. I think Mrs. Bensouda said that the Organisation of African Unity was slipping backwards in support of the ICC, and only 34 of Africa's 54 countries have signed up to the court. The ICC will face a phenomenal task in dealing with the Kenyan situation.

It is not unusual during a regime change for those who have ousted an administration to become the tyrants themselves.

Ireland has a good, tight and solid working relationship with Kenya. We deeply mourned the death of the son of the former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland and his fiancée who were murdered by al-Shabaab in the recent shopping mall attack in Kenya. It is quite shocking and alarming, however, that there is a campaign of intimidation of witnesses perpetrated by the Kenyatta regime. As Kenya is a partner country with Irish Aid, does Mrs. Bensouda believe we should use development aid as a weapon to compel such countries to be more compliant with their international obligations?

Joseph Kony is the best known individual to be indicted by the International Criminal Court. Other international agencies are campaigning for his arrest, but he has not yet been arrested. Will Mrs. Bensouda outline in greater detail how this case will develop?


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