By Evan Gray
On Friday, the 12th of December, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, officially shelved the Court’s investigation into war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region until further notice. Despite over 9 years of investigation and the existence of 5 outstanding arrest warrants in the case, Bensouda, blaming the UN Security Council’s refusal to enforce ICC decisions regarding Darfur, declared her decision was necessary in order to shift the court’s resources to “other urgent cases.” Unlike the ICC’s recent decision to drop charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, this decision does not prevent alleged war criminals like Sudan’s current president, Omar al-Bashir, from facing charges in the future. However, the announcement does point to serious problems with the ICC, in particular its lack of enforcement capabilities and its increasingly dysfunctional relationship with African leaders and governments.
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