Gambian native, Fatou Bensouda will be sworn in today, June 15, 2012, as the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for a nine-year term. Previously, Bensouda served as the deputy prosecutor for eight years, as a politician in Gambia, and on the international tribunal prosecuting Rwanda’s genocidaires. In December 2011, she was elected by the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statue to be the next Chief Prosecutor for the ICC.
Bensouda will succeed Luis Moreno Ocampo. The ICC will be continuing the seven ongoing investigations in the African countries of Central African Republic, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Uganda, Cote d Ivoire, and the Darfur region of Sudan, but also opening eight new cases in places like Colombia, Korea, Georgia, and Afghanistan during Bensouda’s term.
The newly sworn in Chief Prosecutor for the ICC, Bensouda, comes at a time when there are high expectations for international human rights all around the world. Bensouda and the ICC will have to do a great deal of work in regards to fighting for justice for victims from various countries through the court, getting more countries to recognize, join, and support the ICC, and bringing charges to all sides within countries including government officials.
Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will have to prosecute the most heinous crimes in support of upholding justice when the countries’ domestic courts fail to do so. Although it is a demanding position to hold, Bensouda has been described as being more than capable to perform her duties.