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Some observers have described Zuma’s violation of the South African constitution and international law as a blow against the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is far from true. It is those who violate and throw obstacles in the way of the effective functioning of international law and institutions who will be remembered, for their obstructionism, not the norms and institutions introduced to advance the rule of law.
In 10 or 20 years’ time, Zuma will be remembered as participating in the African Union’s assault on the ICC, his vote to abstain on the May 15, 2013 U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, and the efoorts of African leaders to weaken the international machinery established for the protection of human rights, including the merger of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights with the African Court of Justice, an organ of the African Union, to form a new African Court of Justice and Human Rights.
Zuma, unlike Nelson Mandela, will not be remembered for his defense of human rights in Africa.
The Trenchant Observer