African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders

Rising Continent

By Human Right Watch

141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out

Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch

“The immunity provision is a regrettable departure from the AU’s Constitutive Act, which rejects impunity under article 4. Immunity takes away the prospect that victims can access justice at the African court when leaders commit atrocities. African states should take a clear stand opposing this immunity.”
George Kegoro, executive director of the International Commission of Jurists-Kenya
(Johannesburg) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African countries.

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