Today, for the first time in history, the International Criminal Court issued charges of genocide. The charges, three counts of genocide, were levied against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir after years of mayhem and mass slaughter in the country's Darfur region left approximately 300,000 people dead and another 2.7 million displaced.
How the court's authority will be enforced remains to be seen. In 2009, Al-Bashir was charged with a slate of seven war crimes for atrocities in Darfur, and all that's happened to him was re-elected to a new five-year term. He does not accept the court's authority and has no plans to turn himself in.
The blog Afrospear looks at a list of "stinking dictators the world over".
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