A vigil this week in Abuja, Nigeria, for the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked to investigate the abduction a year ago of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist militant gro(...)

Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (61) of Argentina – first female president of the International Criminal Court

It is symptomatic of the low profile kept by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that even what might be regarded as a landmark event and a positiv(...)

Forces loyal to Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir have been fighting ethnic-minority rebels for three years in a conflict said by the UN to have affected more than a million people. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

The US has accused Sudan of bombing hospitals and schools in an intensifying military campaign against its own people in a largely hidden war.Samant(...)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (left) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (centre) in Juba, South Sudan, for talks to aid efforts for a ceasefire deal. Photograph: Phillip Dhil

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, while China has called for an immed(...)

A sign for the China Juba People’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. China stepped up its engagement with the newly-independent country this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Among those anxiously watching this week’s violence in South Sudan is one of the world’s youngest nation’s newest friends: China. The clashes that beg(...)

William Ruto in Kenya’s high court in Nairobi in October 2010. Photograph: Reuters

The growing criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by African states provides a forbidding backdrop to this week’s African Union “extraor(...)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta denies committing crimes against humanity and says his absence is dangerous and untenable.

A special African Union summit this month could lead to a breakdown in relations with the International Criminal Court, amid claims that the trials o(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir: arrest warrants issued for him  for  allegedly orchestrating the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region in which more than 200,000 people were killed

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked the American government to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir if he attempts to attend the UN G(...)

Members of the Kenyan military rehearsing for the presidential inauguration which is due to take place today. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Photo

Diplomats in Nairobi face the awkward prospect of a date with a man who has been indicted by the international criminal court for crimes agains(...)