Deferral Bid Fails After Security Council Consultation

As expected, Kenya’s bid to defer the two ICC cases at the Security Council failed following a meeting on Friday April 8, 2011. While the Security Council did not affirmatively reject the request, the impasse within the Council brought the discussion to an end. Council President Nestor Osorio of Colombia told reporters following closed-door consultations “After full consideration, the members of the Security Council did not agree on the matter.” See story here.

At least the Council met to consider this request, unlike the one that Sudan through the African Union sought with reference to President Bashir. The lack of engagement with Sudan’s deferral request is still an outstanding matter as noted in an expert African study (by Dapo Akande, Max Du Plessis and Charles Jalloh) on that question available here.

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