ICC Vs. Africa
There is a lot of ill-will between the ICC and African countries, largely because all of the current cases at the ICC are against Africans. This includes arrest warrants for Omar Al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, and Uhuru Kenyatta, president elect of Kenya. Another prominent leader is Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d'Ivoire, who is currently on trial. ICC arrest warrants also include Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. This has led to accusations that the court is bias against Africa, but there is a more objective view: the court cannot prosecute crimes made before 2002, thus excluding most current East Europeans on trial. It also cannot prosecute Americans, so crimes during the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq are left untouched. But some have argued that Tony Blair ought to be charged, as the U.K. is a member of the court. It is anticipated that warrants may be issued for people involved in the Syrian civil war, including president Bashar al-Assad.