Simone Gbagbo- A Questionable Pioneer

An unwelcome milestone for women- the Former First Lady becomes the First Woman under an ICC arrest warrant.

Actually, the arrest warrant was issued back in February under seal. Perhaps the delay in handing her over to the court may have pushed the ICC to unseal it. Still not clear if Cote d’Ivoire will immediately hand her over- she is facing corruption related charges in her home state.

Still not clear if any supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the current Cote d’Ivoire President and the man who succeeded Gbagbo after a violent post-election conflict, will make it to the ICC. As the pre-trial chamber indicated in the authorisation decision, it was important for the Prosecution to investigate both sides of the conflict equally.

It’s all too easy to draw parallels between the Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya post-election crises, but for me the most striking thing is how deep the wounds remain in Cote d’Ivoire. So I would closely watch both the Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya cases in order to compare how the trials either help or hinder reconciliation. To understand how international tribunal decisions can feed destructive ethnic nationalism one can consider the cheering and crying that accompanies each major ICTY decision (such as the recent Gotovina Acquittal) and partisan responses in the former Yugoslavia to a previous ICJ Decision that avoided finding that Serbia committed Genocide in Bosnia.

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Following the Hague trials of 4 Kenyans to the end. A blog by Archie Nyarango

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