ICC Authorizes Ocampo to Pursue Crimes Against Humanity

In a big win for the prosecutor, the ICC panel announced its ruling today authorizing Ocampo to proceed with investigation for potential prosecution of crimes against humanity in Kenya covering a period from mid-2005 through late 2009.

Perhaps this is the first major turning point toward reducing impunity for political figures in Kenya. Obviously the Kenyan Government itself needed to have taken action long ago, and the timing means this will be coinciding with these early phases of the 2012 election campaign–nonetheless, I am very pleased to see this happen as I know so many Kenyans are as well. Congratulations to all those who have worked very hard to see this day.

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