Thursday, October 15, 2009
Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, confirmed that his office is looking into the murders committed in Guinea, where government security forces fired on an opposition rally in Conakry (the capital of Guinea) and killed more than 150 people on September 28, 2009. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, characterized the events of that day as a “blood bath.”
Guinea is a State Party to the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court. “As such the ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide possibly committed in the territory of Guinea or by nationals of Guinea, including killings of civilians and sexual violence,” the Court stated in a press release.
Other situations under preliminary examination by the ICC Prosecutor include:
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Kenya, and
- Palestine. .
Formal investigations are underway in four situations:
- the Central African Republic (CAR);
- the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC);
- Uganda; and
- the Darfur region of Sudan.
A press conference will be held on Friday at the ICC on the confirmation of charges in the case against Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, who voluntarily surrended to the International Criminal Court in May relating to war crimes allegedly committed in Sudan in September 2007 against the African Union Mission in Sudan.