Minister Michael Masutha on the matter of International Criminal Court and Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan discuss strengthening relations between South Africa and Sudan, 2 September 2015. (Photo: GCIS)We have called this press conference to announce the decision taken by Cabinet on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 in relation to the country’s membership to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the pending appeal regarding Sudanese President Al Bashir.The Republic of South Africa is a founder member of the African Union and plays an important role in resolving conflicts on the African continent and in encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they occur anywhere else in the world.In exercising its international relations with foreign countries, particularly with countries in which serious conflicts occur or have occurred, South Africa is hindered by the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2 (Act No 27 of 2002). This Act and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court compel South Africa to arrest persons who may enjoy diplomatic immunity under customary international law but who are wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and to surrender such persons to the International Criminal Court. South Africa has to do so, even under circumstances where we are actively involved in promoting peace, stability and dialogue in those countries.We wish to give effect to the rule of customary international law which recognises the diplomatic immunity of heads of state and others in order to effectively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they may occur, particularly on the African continent. South Africa enacted the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act,  (Act No. 37 of 2001), which provides for the immunities and privileges of diplomatic missions and consular posts and their members, of heads of states, special envoys and certain representatives of the United Nations and its specialised agencies, other international organisations and certain other persons.However, the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, is in conflict and inconsistent with the provisions of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, 2001. In order to ensure South Africa’s continued ability to conduct active diplomatic relations, a bill proposing the repeal of the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002 will soon be tabled in parliament. We have already in writing informed the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the NCOP of this Executive decision.In the matter of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development v The Southern African Litigation Centre (867/15) [2016] ZASCA 17 (15 March 2016), the Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed that in terms of customary international law, heads of state enjoy immunity against arrest. However, the Supreme Court of Appeal found that in enacting the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, South Africa had expressly waived the immunity of such heads of state and that South Africa was obliged to arrest persons wanted for crimes committed against humanity.In essence, the Supreme Court of Appeal identified the problem which needs to be addressed. The effect of withdrawal from the Rome Statute as well as the repeal of the Implementation Act thus completes the removal of all legal impediments inhibiting South Africa’s ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity under international law as provided for under our domestic legislation. This therefore removes the necessity at least in so far as this aspect is concerned of continuing with the appeal.Written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with Article 127(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The withdrawal will take effect one year after the Secretary-General has received the notification. South African will remain obligated under the Rome Statute for the duration of the 12 months’ notice period.An application for leave to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal set down for hearing at the Constitutional Court on 22 November 2016, will now be withdrawn. This is so, especially as the Supreme Court of Appeal has removed the uncertainty around customary international law in relation to diplomatic immunity in so far as it affects heads of states and others who may be wanted for serious violations of human rights and other serious crimes but who enjoy diplomatic immunity under international customary law.South Africa remains committed to the fight against impunity and to hold those who have committed crimes against humanity and other serious crimes accountable. Our unwavering commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world is further demonstrated by our continued participation in various international and continental human rights instruments.For this reason, South Africa will work closely with the African Union and with other countries in Africa to strengthen continental bodies, such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, created to deal with such crimes and to prosecute the perpetrators, whilst at the same time continuing to participate and honour its commitments under international human rights instruments. South Africa will continue to actively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent and elsewhere.Enquiries:Mthunzi MhagaSpokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional servicesCell: 083 641 8141E-mail: [email protected] by:Department of Justice and Constitutional Developmentlast_img read more

LEED Can Change, Part Two: LEED AP

first_imgChanges for the LEED Accredited Professional Program for 2009As a builder, I have a pet peeve that I would like to share because I think it could be productive to other builders in particular and the building community in general. When I go to a green building event, an AIA educational event or most higher-level green education events, the facilitator inevitably asks the crowd questions about their backgrounds.“How many architects are in the crowd? Show me your hands. How many engineers? How many LEED APs? Any builders?”Builders are always last or, even worse, not in the question at all. Is it because not many builders are interested in these events, or do they not attend because they will feel excluded if they show up? I think it’s high time to combat both pressures. Architects, give builders a chance; and builders, show the architects that we are smart and we do give a damn. Disclaimer: This is a blatant generalization, but with all of the change in the air these days, maybe this trend could tag along.More and more builders are embracing green building, which is good. I think that green building could be the great unifier for architects and builders. Could the transition to a greener economy and built environment have a healing effect on this professional chasm? I’d like to think so. In order for American buildings to be the best product, they need the involvement of all professionals.That’s right, I’m calling builders professionals. How will you, as a builder, place yourself at the head of the pack when we emerge from the darkness of the current economic doom and gloom? Become a LEED AP. Take some of these higher-level green-building classes. Learn about the techniques and products that can make your projects truly green.Below is a description of the changes in the LEED AP system that are coming this year, including a LEED AP+ Homes and Neighborhood Development accreditation.LEED V3: Professional Accreditation ChangesFirst off, if you are already a LEED AP, you will not have to retest as long as you opt in to the new LEED Credential within two years. You will have to maintain your credential by paying a $50 fee every two years and taking 30 hours (6 LEED-specific) of continuing ed in the same time frame. The course descriptions are available at greenbuild365.org.If you haven’t passed the LEED AP test but still want to before the new program, you need to register for the test by March 31 and pass it by the end of June. If you are or become a LEED AP, you will always be one as long as you fulfill the maintenance requirements. You can also choose to enroll in the new system.The new LEED credentials will include tier-one (LEED Green Associate) and tier-two (LEED AP+) accreditation. There will also be a LEED Fellow designation for the true green-building gurus. These designations will require a multiple-choice test similar to the current LEED AP test. There will be tests in the specialty areas of Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Homes and Neighborhood Development. With these credentials comes a biennial maintenance program that consists of a fee and course requirements.In my next entry, I will discuss the corresponding changes in the USGBC Education Program, lay out the dynamic LEED V3 roll-out schedule, and share my opinion about how high to set the green-building bar.last_img read more

Is Facebook Down? Facebook Affected By Outage

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos taylor hatmaker Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Update: 6:30 P.M. Pacific: Users on Reddit have reported that attempting to access Facebook with the “www” prefix resolves the problem, while the “facebook.com” root domain continues to experience issues. Reports around the web also suggest that Chrome users are disproportionately affected by the outage.We’ve grown to know Twitter’s fail whale pretty well at this point – and Tumblr seems down half as often as it’s up… but Facebook? Facebook doesn’t just go down – not often, anyhow. As of 5:15 p.m. Pacific time or so, Facebook isn’t loading for some users. We’ve confirmed the outage with Downrightnow and a handful of other monitoring sites, which lists the social network’s status as experiencing a “likely service disruption”.It remains unclear at this point if the Facebook outage is the result of an internal issue, like the DNS misrouting blip back in October 2012, or if it’s an attack of some kind (our money is on the former). Here in Portland, Oregon we’re experiencing the service disruption, but anecdotal reports suggest that many of our contacts in San Francisco are unaffected at the moment. We’ve reached out to Facebook about the outage, but in the mean time, you’ll have to poke and like in the real world. That or tweet, pin, +1 and tumble for a little bit. Is Facebook down for you? Let us know where you are and what you’re seeing. center_img Tags:#Facebook#social networks Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Davis Cup: Paes & Bopanna come back from two sets down to keep India alive

first_imgThe first time the Indians got a break in the third set, Leander Paes chest-bumped Rohan Bopanna. But it was one of the softest chest bumps from the Indian veteran. Perhaps, Paes was aware that the job was not done yet with India two sets down against the Serbs.Next game, Paes served out the set but India were still trailing 1-2. Things changed dramatically thereafter as Bopanna and Paes gave the large Bangalore crowd, plenty of reasons to cheer at the top of its voice.Bopanna played a solid hand in front while the evergreen Paes lifted the Indian spirits to keep the Davis Cup World Group play-off hopes alive with a 1-6, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac here on SaturdayIn the final game, Zimonjic double-faulted to give India two match points and then pushed a half volley wide. Paes leapt into Bopanna’s arms as the Bangalore crowd exploded in jubilation to celebrate a remarkable victory by two of the best Indian doubles players.Things, however, were far from rosy after two sets. Paes looked far too ordinary with his serve and Bopanna was erratic. The veteran managed to hold serve just twice in the first two sets and Bopanna’s backhand wasn’t producing the expected results.”This was certainly the best doubles match of my Davis Cup career. Down two sets and coming back against this team which has Zimonjic, who is ranked fourth in the world, and Bozoljac, it was a remarkable win,” said Paes.advertisementZimonjic had his trainer out for assistance after the fifth game of the third set. He hurt his neck while going for a forehand and from there on, was off colour.”I went for a forehand and suddenly realised that something happened to my neck. I was a bit restricted and couldn’t play the way I wanted to but credit to the Indians for the win,” said Zimonjic.The extended break allowed the Indian pair to regroup and the 7,000 capacity stadium roared at every point that the Indian won. After the medical assistance, Zimonjic came back to serve in the sixth game. But his booming serves looked pedestrian and he was broken immediately.The Indians had a spring in their stride as they headed to the fourth set.Zimonjic, 38, was again broken in the very first game. Bopanna’s backhands were finding their targets and he came up with some brilliant crosscourt shots. Soon, even the experienced Zimonzic started to find the going tough and seemed to be under pressure.The former doubles No. 1 doublefaulted three times in the ninth game to allow India to draw level with a 6-3 win in the set.The decider saw both teams fired up. While Zimonjic was struggling, Bozoljac kept up the pace and his serves didn’t let the Indians have an easy time.Paes made it 7-6 in the 13th game. Zimonjic was again targeted and the Serbian crumbled under pressure, double-faulting at a crucial juncture.last_img read more

19 gold biscuits worth Rs 66L recovered

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Customs along with the police seized gold biscuits worth nearly Rs 66 lakh from a house at Jorabagan area on Monday night. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs officials conducted raids and arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in a gold smuggling racket. They have been identified as Tushar Kadam and Sanjay Chouhan.According to the preliminary investigation, the police and Customs officials suspect that the accused might be a part of an international gold smuggling racket. There are some other persons involved in it too. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring interrogation, the police came to know that the accused changed their route following some recent incidents in which smugglers who brought gold bars and biscuits from abroad were intercepted at the Calcutta airport. The duo started smuggling gold along the India-Bangladesh border in certain districts. They also used to sell gold in various parts of the country which were brought from Dubai.It may be mentioned that there were multiple attempts to bring gold to the city from Dubai as the price of the yellow metal is higher in India. As there was stringent surveillance in all the airports, it has become difficult for the smugglers to bring in gold from abroad. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have seized around 19 gold biscuits weighing around 2.85 kg for which the market value is around Rs 66 lakh. Customs officials and cops were trying to know if some other persons are involved in the racket. The Customs officials suspect that it might have connection with other gold smuggling rackets operating from the country. Raids are being conducted. Involvement of Bangladeshi nationals in this incident is not being ruled out.last_img read more

Small Box Big Benefits

first_img If you’d rather be doing actual work than watching the telephone repairman bent over your PBX trying to install a software upgrade, it might be time to move on up to a self-managing unified communications solution. IBM’s new Lotus Foundations Reach system fits the bill. It’s an office-in-a-box appliance that fits under your desk, yet delivers flexible call routing, premises-based instant messaging, mobility and other apps to keep employees connected even if they aren’t at their desks (because, really, who is anymore?). Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 21, 2009 14.3 billion Amount worldwide small and midsized businesses will spend on managed services in 2009 (up 9 percent from 2008) (Source: Techaisle) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global “Maybe the Big Blue of yore isn’t the first company you think of for small-business needs, but IBM and other giants have begun to correctly identify the market as one of frustrated buyers in search of lower prices and greater automation and simplicity.At $100,000, a phone switch is too expensive for small businesses, and the current model of someone coming out every two weeks to upgrade, repair or patch the old PBX has created an adversarial relationship with the market,” said Caleb Barlow, director of IBM Lotus Foundations. “We all have a legacy of stripping down larger boxes to serve the small business, and that’s not the answer. With unified communications in one small appliance, we’re aiming to deliver more than that old PBX for under $3,400.”The approach has small business written all over it: You don’t need an IT staff to set it up, you don’t need a receptionist to direct calls, and the best part is that you’ll never again see (or pay) the PBX man again. –D.O. 2 min read This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more