ICC Refers To Security Council Chad's Failure To Arrest Sudanese Leader … The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred to the United Nations Security Council and the Assembly to States Parties of the Rome Statute Chad's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The pre-trial chamber I of the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday that Chad failed to cooperate with the Court by not arresting and surrendering Bashir to the Court during his visit to Chad on August 7 and 8. – Real Time Financial News
Dominant Social Theme: Time for "one justice" to be enforced around the world. The ICC and the UN together are capable of righting the wrongs that afflict humanity.
Free-market Analysis: The United Nations is evidently on its way to becoming a fearsome enforcer of global judicial authority. As we can see from the above article, when the International Criminal Court faces a blockage, it now approaches the UN for enforcement of its demands.
The UN has thus turned from an entity supposedly protecting the rights of, say …. children (UNICEF) into one that is backing what must be viewed as a rogue judicial body and supporting its decisions and unilateral determinations.
And by the way (on a lighter note), did you know that pop star Brittney Spears just ended her worldwide tour and celebrated her 30th birthday two weeks after the actual event (December 2)? "Thx so much to the Conrad Condado Plaza for giving us a place to celebrate this tour & my 30th bday last night – we all loved the party!" she tweeted, according to MTV.
It is, in fact, a sad reality that you can find out a lot more about Britney Spears's birthday party – courtesy of the mainstream media – than you can about the insidious erection and ongoing promulgation of ICC statutes and attempts at enforcement activities.
Here at the Daily Bell, this is one reason we advocate a return to private justice (including, perhaps, vendettas, duels and the like – potentially violent repercussions that may concentrate the mind beforehand). The custom of state-mandated precedent justice, which has spread around the world by now, is a kind of cancer that apparently will not end until at least half the world is incarcerated and the other half is performing guard duty.
As a modest international newspaper, we continue to follow the erection of the power elite's global governance and are well aware of the expansion of the International Criminal Court. It is, of course, part of a larger dominant social theme: Human beings are inherently savage and only the rule of law can create a civilized society.
And thus, we are privileged to observe the ICC's endless, lawless expansion. And when we utilize the adjective "lawless" we are not succumbing to hyperbole.
The ICC seems to be largely underwritten by billionaire George Soros. His involvement is no secret, either. His Soros.org website promotes his Open Society Justice Initiative, which is "working to secure legal remedies for bribery, the theft of public assets, and money laundering arising from the exploitation of natural resources."
More from Soros.org: "The Justice Initiative seeks to reduce impunity for serious crimes by helping domestic and international tribunals conduct effective investigations, carry out fair trials, and engage victims and affected communities. It supports the mission of the International Criminal Court."
In fact, it was apparently Soros who spearheaded the lobbying campaign that led to the Court's creation in 2003. ICC offices are located in Netherlands and Princess Mabel of Orange Nassau, (daughter-in-law of Queen Beatrix) is reportedly a Soros employee, in charge of various Soros initiatives involving the European Union.
On Jan. 22, 2007, Princess Mabel reportedly admitted the relationship, explaining to the United Nations "Hague" assembly that the "[Soros Open Society Institute] pushed for the creation of the International Criminal Court, which is now based in The Hague and turning this city into the international capital for justice. These courts send a clear message to presidents . . . like those in Rwanda and Cambodia and right now in Darfur."
And here's something from Wikipedia:
Unlike the International Court of Justice, the ICC is legally and functionally independent from the United Nations. However, the Rome Statute grants certain powers to the United Nations Security Council. Article 13 allows the Security Council to refer to the Court situations that would not otherwise fall under the Court's jurisdiction (as it did in relation to the situations in Darfur and Libya, which the Court could not otherwise have prosecuted as neither Sudan nor Libya are state parties).
Article 16 allows the Security Council to require the Court to defer from investigating a case for a period of 12 months. Such a deferral may be renewed indefinitely by the Security Council. This sort of an arrangement gives the ICC some of the advantages inhering in the organs of the United Nations such as using the enforcement powers of the Security Council but it also creates a risk of being tainted with the political controversies of the Security Council.
The Court cooperates with the UN in many different areas, including the exchange of information and logistical support. The Court reports to the UN each year on its activities, and some meetings of the Assembly of States Parties are held at UN facilities. The relationship between the Court and the UN is governed by a "Relationship Agreement between the International Criminal Court and the United Nations."
Bashir stands accused of a campaign of murder, torture and rape in Sudan's Darfur region during the seven-year conflict. His arrest and conviction would no doubt been seen by many as a victory for the "rule of law." But it is not so simple.
There is also, for instance, the case of the Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo, who is now scheduled to be tried by the ICC. Gbagbo won his re-election fair-and-square according to Ivorian rule of law, but the lure of that tiny nation's cocoa production proved too much for the French, who promptly proceeded to depose him, with the help of the UN's blue hats. We have written about Gbagbo's plight at length here:
Now Gbagbo is scheduled to be tried before the ICC, highlighting the political nature of the Court's posture and disposition. Major African states such as Kenya and South Africa, already disabused of the ICC, have begun initiatives to remove themselves from its jurisdiction.
The ICC/UN combination only highlights the UN's increased role in global political activism. Along with NATO, the world's appurtenances are increasingly being employed by the Anglosphere elites to solidify world power under their control.
This trend is manifest in the ICC – and also in other disturbing (and little reported) actions taken by the UN at the behest of the Western power elite. Back in 2005, the UN abrogated the Peace of Westphalia, which had formed the basis for international law that recognized the sovereignty of individual states and provided the basis of international constitutional law in the West.
The Peace of Westphalia actually came to an end when the UN approved R2P, the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine, which demanded that individual states play a role in shielding their populations from genocide. If genocide is still threatened, the larger community must use diplomatic and even military action to ensure that civilians are safe.
It is R2P that has formed the basis for incursions into the Ivory Coast, Libya, Somalia and now Syria, and doubtless has provided the rationale for the surreptitious involvement of Western military and Intel in numerous other Middle Eastern and African countries.
The ICC and R2P are fundaments of a new configuration of Western dominance throughout the world. Even China and Russia have not stood against the implementation of the R2P actions, and the ICC is the necessary judicial adjunct to manifestations of R2P. What R2P proposes, the ICC disposes.
For those who believe that global governance is not a happy solution to humanity's woes, the ICC's increased activism and the UN's continuing support of its mandate constitute a disturbing evolution. Oh … and happy birthday, Brittney!