The 13th Annual Pan African Conference took place in November, 2012. Please visit us again next fall for the 14th year and the next topic.
13th Annual Pan African Conference
Human Rights in Africa:
The Role of the Traditional Courts and the International Criminal Court
November 2-3, 2012
Principia College – Elsah, Illinois
Welcome to the informational website for this year’s Pan Africa Conference!
Find out more about the speakers, schedule, and the board members!
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Registration is free for on-campus delegates and is $75 for off-campus delegates. It includes meals and all conference materials (but not overnight stays).
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Registration deadline is Monday, October 29th
The Board Members would like to take a few moments to inform you on the ICC and topics for the discussion panels:
July 1, 2012 marked the 10th anniversary since the birth of the International Criminal Court (ICC) through the Rome Statute. ICC is the first permanent international court with a mandate to investigate, charge, and try people suspected of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes worldwide. The ICC currently has 121 states parties, has opened investigations in seven countries, and has issued one verdict.
Traditional Courts in Africa
Traditional courts in Africa are also other local well recognized mechanisms that help promote justice and equality among African people. Modern traditional courts have been practiced in countries like South Africa, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Kenya, which is well known as Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commissions (TJRC).
Human Rights vs. Cultural Differences
Human rights can simply be defined as universal values and capabilities that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human. These rights may exist as natural rights or as legal rights, in both national and international law. Examples of human rights include the right to privacy, right to live, the right to have a family, the right to be proven innocent until guilty and so much more. Human rights depend upon the country in which one lives. There are also organizations that exist to protect human rights, for example, Amnesty International and numerous other organizations.
ICC in Africa: Achievements and Failures
The international criminal court is a system created by the United Nations to help failed countries that cannot support their own court system. The ICC gives all criminals the right to a fair trial, regardless of the size of their crimes. While this sounds like a good idea, there are mixed reviews about how this rushed system of democracy if actually functioning. Justice is often corrupted in the actual application of this unfamiliar system.