Last week the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo met with representatives of Kenyan civil society organizations (ICPC, KHRC, ICJ-K, ICTJ-K as well as KNCHR) and afterwards released a press statement in which he stated that ““Kenya will show how to manage past violence and how to create a peaceful process for the upcoming elections in 2012. Kenya will be an example to the world.”
In the coming days, the Prosecutor will further be in contact with representatives of the Kenyan Government to discuss next steps. “We all agree that impunity is not an option,” he stressed, “and that to prevent new violence in 2012 it is necessary to prosecute those responsible for the crimes committed during the post election violence.”
Primary responsibility for prosecuting the crimes committed in the post 2007 election violence still lies with the Kenyan authorities, however if efforts to conduct national proceedings fail, the Government of Kenya committed to referring the situation to the ICC in accordance with Article 14 of the Rome Statute.
The full press release is available on the ICC website at – http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/F999F2F0-71A2-4C34-858B-A243446253D2.htm