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Pan-African resistance to Western war crimes and ICC

Amadi Ajamu | 2/6/2014, 2:07 a.m.
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On Libya, they heard the claim that the current political and military chaos in the country is a result of the NATO forces’ “humanitarian intervention” and murder of Col. Muammar Gaddafi. On Haiti, they heard about the kidnapping of President Jean-Baptiste Aristide, the United Nations MINUSTAH “Peacekeeping” occupation, and the United Nation’s Nepalese troops’ negligent cholera contamination of a principal river, which infected over 680,000 Haitian people and killed more than 8,100. On the Cote d’Ivoire, the judges heard about the ICC trial against President Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently being detained in The Hague in spite of the ICC’s own admission of lack of evidence.

On the subject of Black people in the U.S., the attorneys brought up the issues of political prisoners incarcerated under extremely long-term sentences and isolated conditions, the creation of the prison-industrial complex, the systemic criminalization of Black people, nationwide racial profiling, police stop-and-frisk practices and historic predicate crimes.

Finally, the panel heard about the continued crippling illegal economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Britain, the U.S., Australia and their Western allies that dangerously affects the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.

Wareham, of the December 12th Movement and the international secretariat and secretary general of the International Association Against Torture, addressed the ICC’s complicity: “The ICC, by its deeds or failure to act, puts itself squarely in camp with defendants that we have cited for violations. The economic basis of their selective prosecution is most telling.”