Simone Gbagbo & the International Criminal Court: The unsettling spectre of the female war criminal

AHRCentre member Louise Chappell and PhD student Rosemary Grey have just published an article on Simone Gbagbo and the ICC in IntLawGrrls, a website that focuses on international law, policy and practice. They write that the International Criminal Court has unsealed a warrant for the arrest of Simone Gbagbo, whose husband, Laurent Gbagbo, President of Côte d'Ivoire from 2000 to 2011, has been in ICC custody since last November.

The warrant, unsealed Thursday, described Simone Gbagbo as the suspected indirect co-perpetrator of crimes against humanity – namely, murder, rape and other sexual violence, inhumane acts, and persecution – allegedly committed in Côte d'Ivoire from 16 December 2010 to 12 April 2011. Consistent with the most basic of fair trial rights, Gbagbo's innocence must be presumed unless she is convicted following a fair and impartial trial; however, the issuance of the warrant is noteworthy for several reasons. 

Read the full article here.



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