28. January brought trial against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. It is the first time a former state host has been tried for the world's only permanent international criminal court.
Together with the youth party leader Charles Blé Goude, Gbagbo is charged, suspected of staging criminal acts against the human race. This should have happened in connection with the riots following the election in 2010 – 2011, where about 3000 people were killed and many thousands injured.
The lawsuit represents a very important milestone in the development of an international rule of law and in order to do justice to the worst crime we can imagine that human beings are capable of performing. Thus, it is also an important milestone for the development of a global democratic society and for peace and security.
Important. When the ICC was established in 1998 and entered into force in 2002, the world had for the first time a permanent institution that, on its own initiative or on behalf of the UN or its member state, could investigate and prosecute individuals for genocide, war crimes or crimes against human race. At one point, the state was no longer the only relevant legal entity in international law.
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