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Vol 45 No 25

Published 17th December 2004

Don't sign anything

The United States wants to ensure that its citizens (and those of its ally, Israel) are not summonsed by the International Criminal Court (ICC), set up under the Rome Treaty to deal with crimes against humanity and genocide. Several countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) have ratified the treaty, and the USA is squeezing them. Benin, Burundi, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Niger, South Africa and Tanzania have been declared ineligible for US military aid - although non-govermental organisation Citizens for Global Solutions points out that the State Department appreciates South Africa as 'a cornerstone of regional stability', and Tanzania as 'a strong supporter of the war on terrorism'.

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