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(...)

 An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobane.  Russia and China are currently preventing the situation in Syria being referred to the International Criminal Court by the UN Security Council.   Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Since its establishment in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has aspired to end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of(...)

A Palestinian boy  next to the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas  in 2014, in Gaza City. Photograph:  MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

There were no great surprises in the findings of the UN’s commission of inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict. Unlike previous similar reports that were(...)

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(...)

 Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on the south of Gaza City on  June 8th, 2014. A UN report accuses both Israel and Gaza of committing war crimes during the 2014 conflict. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA.

Israel’s prime minister says the United Nations report on the 2014 Gaza war is “biased”. Binyamin Netanyahu said the UN Human Rights Council, which co(...)

President Omar al-Bashir’s rapid, discreet departure from South Africa yesterday has spared the latter serious embarrassment. The government’s apparen(...)

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(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

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(...)