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Is the International Criminal Court racist?

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This week, in part two of South2North's town hall meeting at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, we sit down with a few more influential global leaders and members of The Elders.

Redi Tlhabi is joined by two Nobel Prize winners – former US President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari – as well as Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Redi asks Robinson if the International Criminal Court (ICC) is racist, given the fact that almost all of its cases have involved African countries or leaders.

"There is a view at the moment that Africa is being singled out …. It's important that the system is seen as fair. There are problems now of perception and we have to address that," Robinson said.

Using the recent conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by a special international tribunal as an example, Carter points out: "Most of the people brought to justice so far have been delivered by their own people."

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