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On Friday 8 June 2012, the cabinet of Malawi resolved not to host the next African Union (AU) Summit because the AU insisted that all Heads of State - including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir - be invited to attend. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur. The decision by Malawi’s President Joyce Banda not to allow al-Bashir into her country because of Malawi’s international obligations has led to widespread reaction throughout Africa.
ISS experts Ottilia Anna Maunganidze and Gwinyayi Dzinesa give their views on the legal and political implications of this decision.
Click here to read about the Legal Implications: Malawi’s Stance on al-Bashir is in Line with its International Obligations by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze
Click here to read about the Political Implications: Malawi’s Stance on the AU summit: Balancing Principles with National Interest by Gwinyayi Dzinesa