Bringing Power to Justice: Absence of immunity for heads of state before the International Criminal Court

Par Amnesty International, , N° d'index: IOR 53/017/2010

This paper analyses the absence of immunity for heads of state before the International Criminal Court and discusses its consequences on the execution of the Court’s requests for surrender or assistance. In particular, it considers the legal framework of the recent refusal of states parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to arrest and surrender President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan.

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