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Al-Bashir matter: There’s a contradiction in our foreign policy

Dr Chris Landsberg, professor at UJ, discusses SA’s foreign policy and the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

“There has been contradiction in our foreign policy for quite a while. After 1994 we are apparently pro-human rights foreign policy. The ANC has long pursued a so called universalisation policy; we will choose our friends based on liberation solidarity,” Landsberg said.

He argued that the problem is government is becoming increasingly uncomfortable about living up to the human rights standards in our foreign policy.

A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria decided not to grant government leave to appeal a ruling that the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was unlawful and unconstitutional.

Al-Bashir left South Africa from the Waterkloof Airforce Base in June after attending the African Union Summit despite an order that he be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

EWN's Barry Bateman spoke to 702's Stephen Grootes about the ruling.

Bateman reported that the full bench of judges saw no reasonable prospect of the application being successful. It was emphasised that no immunity will be granted to sitting heads of states, reaffirming South Africa’s obligation to enforce the law.

It is clear what our obligations are and what government should have done.

Barry Bateman, EWN Reporter

This article first appeared on 702 : Al-Bashir matter: There’s a contradiction in our foreign policy


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