🇰🇪Kenyan Envoy Seeks 🌐UN Advisory Opinion on Heads of States’ Immunity

🇰🇪Kenyan Envoy Seeks 🌐UN Advisory Opinion on Heads of States’ Immunity

Kenya has asked the United Nations — on behalf of African states — to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on immunity for heads of state and government, and other senior state officials. In a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday, Lazarus Amayo - Kenyan Ambassador to the UN asked Secretary General Antonio Guterres to request the General Assembly to put the African request on the agenda of its upcoming session that will start next month. This follows a decision by the African Union in January to seek an opinion from the court.

In late 2016, Kenya, Burundi and the Gambia announced plans to withdraw from the ICC, saying the court was being used by the West to target African leaders, and that it was undermining their sovereignty. In January last year, the African Union called for the mass withdrawal of member states from the ICC. The resolution was, however, non-binding, with Nigeria and Senegal opposing the withdrawal.

Kenya, in particular, has been critical of the international court for pursuing President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for 2007-08 post-election violence, where more than 1,000 Kenyans died and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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