Today (from AFP), Andry Rajoelina says he’s ready to implement a plan to disentangle Madagascar from its sticky web of conflict. In his own words:
“I received a road map drawn up by France, South Africa and the SADC (Southern African Development Community) and I am ready to implement it,” Rajoelina said in a televised interview.
Again with the map. But this is the first time he has agreed to work with Ravalomanana since the hubub began. It doesn’t make complete sense to me still, how it will be productive to set up a unity government that includes Rajoelina, Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka, and Zafy, four men with varying degrees of ill repute. Perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised. I hope so.
Second on the docket from Voice of America News – remember when the African Union placed sanctions on Madagascar’s leadership (Rajoelina and 108 government officials)? Well since they didn’t get any real backing from the UN Security Council, the sanctions aren’t having the desired effect, and this is causing African Union Commission Chief Jean Ping to be quite disappointed:
He said while African nations are mandated to enforce the sanctions, they would be more effective if endorsed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which comprise an international contact group on Madagascar. But he noted that African states had no means to force the big powers to act, except moral force. Other than that, he said, there’s nothing we can do about it.
Third but not least – this last one seems like a very big huge deal. According to reports from Afrol News today, GTT International (which includes members of the Malagasy Diaspora and victims of human rights abuses) had its lawyers file a complaint with the ICC (International Criminal Court) against the current leaders. Not to be taken lightly, the GTT’s complaint includes videos and testimonials from hundreds of people: victims, relatives of people that went missing or were killed over the past year, and even members of the current regime who were complicit in violations.
The evidence claims to document systematic cases of “killings, arbitrary imprisonment or other forms of deprivation of freedom, torture, rape and persecution against the civilian population.” This, according to GTT, summed up as “crimes against humanity committed by the military and civilian junta,” thus supporting its request for an investigation by the ICC.
This comes on the tail of Rajoelina’s pledge to follow his new map to a solution, but I suspect that this may cause a rather long pitstop.