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!

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).
Click below for the registration form particular to you.
Registration deadline  is Monday, October 29th
On-Campus Registration
Off-Campus Registration

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.

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  4. I have worked in African communities for over 25 years in St. Louis. It is a very important topic. However human right is in the eye of the beholder in some cases There are many contending human agents that can snatch human right based on their own version. Bloggers, government agencies and corporations have always played both positive and negative roles in human right. What we need in Africa is an elder based traditional remedy with sustainable pyramidal education in conflict resolution from universities down to village levels. It is for me painful to imagine the millions of lives lost in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last 40 years because developed nations supply weapons and land mines for warring factions. Angola used to have more per capita amputees than any other nations. There has to be a strong deserving punishment for leaders and people involved in genocide, mass killing , torture and terrorism. Also the conference organizers must understand that there are no current effective international laws that severly punish arm trafficers, weapon manufacturers and middle profiters and states who have turned workers into producers mass killing machines. Although Carless Teller and Melosovich faced justice, the arm dealers in the equation are beyond accountability. Replace Kalashinkoves and granades with infant formula and stethoscopes! Look at the common lethargy in the west regarding drugs. . “We cannot stop drugs coming to the boarder, because there are millions of consumers”. Amnesty International must also expand its view of justice and punishment including arm trafficking. But, I am hopeful for the millenial generation and the 21st century. Probably 90% of them want a safe world with no human right abuse. We have entered a hopeful century with the power of an evolving social media where mediocre, subsurvient and selfish academics are challenged daily.

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