Bashir Not The Only President Facing ICC Charges Planning UNGA Visit


Sept. 18, 2013  – Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, is expected in New York next week to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.

The latest UN list of speakers for the annual General Debate notes that the head of state will speak on behalf of Kenya’s delegation next Wednesday.

Kenyatta was indicted by the Hague court in March 2011 charged with crimes including murder, rape and persecution that occurred in 2007-08 following a disputed election. He denies the charges.

Kenyatta was elected as Kenya’s president in March. President Obama did not visit the country, his ancestral homeland, during his June visit to Africa, traveling instead to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. Obama’s decision not to visit was reportedly due to Kenyatta’s election.

Unlike Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir who has refused to appear at the court and is subject to an arrest warrant, Kenyatta has travelled to the Hague to defend himself.

Calls to Kenya’s UN mission to confirm his attendance were not answered.

– Denis Fitzgerald

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