Kenya Hosts Bashir at Celebration of Its “U.S.-Style” Constitution
Lots of ironies in this story about Kenya hosting Sudan’s President Bashir at a ceremony celebrating the establishment of its new “U.S.-style” Constitution.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya’s president signed a new constitution into law Friday that institutes a U.S.-style system of checks and balances and has been hailed as the most significant political event since Kenya’s independence nearly a half century ago.
Joining African leaders at the festivities was Sudan’s president who faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with violence in Darfur, where U.N. officials estimate 300,000 people have died.
This is quite a slap in the face to the ICC Prosecutor and the defenders of the Bashir arrest warrant. If Bashir is not prevented from traveling to ICC signatories like Kenya, then the arrest warrant looks even more toothless. As far as I know, the ICC Statute does not contain any sanctions for parties that violate its terms, but I suppose other states or the Security Council could penalize Kenya and Chad for their violations. I don’t see this happening, which offers yet another reason to think the entire plan to arrest Bashir was probably a dumb idea to begin with.