Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who now heads the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, has sent a sealed envelope with a list of names of people suspected of having fanned ethnic violence following the 2007 presidential election in Kenya, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Annan played a key role in mediating a settlement between opposing political forces.
The Waki commission set up in Kenya after the election recommended the establishment of a special tribunal to deal with the issue. A high-level government delegation travelled to The Hague in early July 2008 and promised the court’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, that parliament would soon set up the tribunal. Annan’s action will reportedly put pressure on the government to keep its word. The violence left 1,500 dead and more than 300,000 people displaced as anger at what was perceived to be a stolen election swept parts of the country.