Stay and fix the ICC, African Union hopeful urges

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

African states un­happy with the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court should work to re­form it from within rather than pulling out, Botswanan for­eign min­is­ter Pelomoni Ven­son-Moitoi, a can­di­date to be­come the next African Union chief, said.

With the AU in­creas­ingly di­vided over the ICC, South Africa an­nounced last week that it planned to quit. Ven­son-Moitoi said she be­lieved an African war crimes court could be beefed up to work along­side its Hague-based coun­ter­part.

Although South Africa ar­gued that the ICC’s Rome Statutes were at odds with its laws grant­ing lead­ers diplo­matic im­mu­nity, other African coun­tries see the tri­bunal purely as an in­stru­ment of colo­nial jus­tice that un­fairly tar­gets the con­ti­nent.

“I don’t see why we should be pulling out. The good thing is that a few more mem­bers now, within the AU, agree that pulling out is not the so­lu­tion. We should be work­ing to­wards fix­ing,” she said.

Gam­bia said on Tues­day it was with­draw­ing from the ICC, call­ing it “an In­ter­na­tional Cau­casian Court”.

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