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Defending the ICC

I remain broadly confident about the international criminal court. Here's why

By Tim Allen   May 2007

On some issues I would go further in criticising the international criminal court (ICC) than does Richard Dowden. For instance, it is difficult to avoid the impression that the court is biased in favour of the Ugandan government. The ICC prosecutor unwisely chose to announce its intervention in northern Uganda at a joint press conference with President Museveni, and eyebrows have been raised at its decision to issue warrants only for members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and not the Ugandan forces.

The ICC prosecutor argues that he has applied “gravity criteria” to alleged crimes. Yet over 1m people…

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