Gradual Achievement of Peace through ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is impressive by name, yet it does not have much work to do in terms of the number of cases going on at present, all of which involve criminals from African countries (All Cases).  The Court was established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community (About the Court).  Hence, Bahar Idriss Abu Garda was presented to the ICC because his country, Sudan, could not try him for his attacks against a peacekeeping mission (Darfur, Sudan).  Likewise, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of Congo could not be tried by his own country for getting children to participate in an international armed conflict (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Dyilos criminal case has been going on at the ICC since the year 2006.  He was detained that year, and his formal trial began almost three years later (Democratic Republic of the Congo).  The ICC does not appear very efficient, as shown by Dyilos slowly proceeding case.  Does the ICC plan to make peace easier to achieve thus  There is no clear answer to this question, as crime rates across major cities and numerous countries of the world go on increasing at alarming rates.  Who is to say that everyday criminals in major cities of the world are not involved in serious crimes as they sexually harass, abuse, steal, cheat and beat people (ICC at a Glance)
Of course, the ICC was not created to try petty criminals.  The Court has a clear definition for criminals that it was established to try (ICC at a Glance).  But, the speed at which the Court tries such criminals shows that the ICC is perhaps not even sure of its mission.  Hence, it is correct to state that the Court may gradually make it easy to achieve peace.  As peace is a vast concept in international terms, perhaps the ICC should take up additional responsibilities for the international community as it decides cases bit by bit.  One responsibility would be to step in to reduce crime rates across the world.  After all, the ICC has sufficient resources to do more.


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