Rwanda’s Kagame Accuses ICC of Bias against Africa

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda has, again, criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for bias against Africa.

Mr. Kagame accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of failing to establish justice in the other parts of the world.

During a meeting with British-Sudanese telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim in Kigali, Rwanda, Paul Kagame said: “The ICC was supposed to address the whole world, but it ended up covering only Africa.”

Referring to his reiterated criticism and disapproval of The Hague based International Criminal Court, Kagame said: “From the time of its inception, I said there was a fraud basis on which it was set up and how it was going to be used.”

“I told people that this would be a court to try Africans, not people from across the world. And I don’t believe I have been proven wrong.”

 “Some leaders from African countries who are being tried by the ICC, whatever they are being tried for, have been committed in partnership with other countries, which the ICC don’t try.”

He suggested that the ICC should focus on other people who should be tried by the court. Paul Kagame said: “There are many people across the world who should be tried by the court.”

“Some leaders from African countries who are being tried by the ICC, whatever they are being tried for, have been committed in partnership with other countries, which the ICC don’t try.”

Rwandan President Kagame’s criticism of the ICC is nothing new. He has been criticizing ICC repeatedly over the years.

Earlier in 2016, he said ICC was politics in disguise of international justice. We quote Kagame: “Rwanda did not become a signatory to ICC because this was not justice. It was politics disguised as international justice.”

Mr. Kagames hates to introduce himself as anti-west or anti-east. He introduces himself as a leader who “is against serving someone else’s interests against him.”

Kagame said: “When they commit crimes, and they have committed many against Africa, why doesn’t it apply to them? When Rwanda speaks about this, we are told, we should not be speaking about anything that paints some people in a dark light.”


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