n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - International criminal law : recent case

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



On Saturday evening of 26 February 2011 the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1970 (2011), referring the 'situation' in Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The resolution was part of a robust set of Security Council measures directed at the Libyan regime, including a travel ban and asset freezes for Colonel Ghaddafi and his associates, and an arms embargo. It is the first concrete action by the Council in respect of the events that began earlier that month, as increasing reports of widespread attacks on civilians in Libya confirm the lengths to which Ghadaffi will go to cling to power. It is also fitting that Ghadaffi - who has recently been central to undermining the ICC through his political influence in the African Union - should now find his regime's crimes referred to the Court.

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