South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma with school children during the closing ceremony of the 25th African Union  summit in Johannesburg on June 16th. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The handling of a variety of recent controversies in South Africa by the African National Congress-led government has given rise to the notion on many(...)

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir waves to his supporters at the airport in Khartoum on June 15th, on arrival for  South Africa. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

South Africa will review its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and consider withdrawing as a last resort in light of demands mad(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir waves as he arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg after a court ordered him not to leave South Africa as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes.  Photograph: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

The South African government “clearly violated” the law by allowing Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, to leave the country, a court ruled yesterda(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returns from South Africa to Khartoum on Monday, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges. Photograph: Marwan Al/EPA

Whatever gloss the International Criminal Court (ICC) places on Omar al-Bashir’s deft evasion of two of its arrest warrants yesterday, the bottom line(...)

President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso (right) watches as Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (left) is greeted by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (back to camera) ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14th, 2015.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Any likelihood of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir being arrested in South Africa on a warrant from the International Criminal Court appears to be re(...)

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(...)