Stay and fix the ICC, African Union hopeful urges
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”.