Africa: leaders seek immunity
by dayna.macdonald on December 2, 2013 - 3:22pm
African leaders have requested that they should have immunity to international laws. In this article, leaders have claimed that leaving their countries for court trials will leave their countries weak and could lead to a collapse of the country in their absence. However, the situations leading to these trials include genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Requesting immunity means that they will not be reprimanded for their part to play in the violence against their own citizens. This is a social issue because it affects everyone in these countries. If the leaders cannot be accountable for their actions, then they are free to act in any fashion they want. Some of the reasons they claim they should have immunity for international law is because they believe that the court system is racist, however there are Africans on the board of law to prevent this. So what is it that they are really trying to do?
My viewpoint is that these political leaders are trying to escape punishment and are using historical elements to justify their desire for immunity. Their resentment towards the Western world makes them feel that they deserve to do as they please without consequence; a “get-out-of-jail-free” card. On a deeper level, it is a disturbing concept that they want to maintain acceptance of violence within the government. It reminds me of psychology, where the predator justifies his actions and denies being at fault. At what point will the government acknowledge that this is problematic? One thing is for certain: if the government does not change its mentality, these ideologies will be passed down until change does occur.