ON THE COMPLEXITIES OF PROSECUTING ROBERT MUGABE AT THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Authors

  • Everisto Benyera Department of Political Sciences University of South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.77616

Keywords:

Mugabe, International Criminal Court, Crimes Against Humanity, Prosecution, Zimbabwe, Immunity.

Abstract

One of the most desired actions by human rights activists the world over is to see Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe brought to The Hague to answer to allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during his more than three decades in office. This desire notwithstanding, there are both legal and practical imperatives that render his prosecution highly improbable judging by the failed attempts to do so by various organisations. This article is a contribution to the debate on the fate of heads of states accused of genocide and crimes against humanity by focusing on the complexities surrounding the various attempts at having Mugabe brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The conclusion reached is that, no matter how desirable, the prosecution of Mugabe at the ICC, or any other court of law, is a distant reality due to various reasons outlined in the article. 

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Author Biography

Everisto Benyera, Department of Political Sciences University of South Africa

Professor in the Department of Political Sciences of the University of South Africa. Everisto
does research in Human Rights, Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior and Conflict
Processes.

Published

2018-03-20

How to Cite

Benyera, E. (2018). ON THE COMPLEXITIES OF PROSECUTING ROBERT MUGABE AT THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. AUSTRAL: Brazilian Journal of Strategy &Amp; International Relations, 6(12). https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.77616

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