Gambia says it is leav­ing In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A third African coun­try, Gambia, says it will leave the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court as fears grow of a mass pull­out from the body that pur­sues some of the world’s worst atroc­i­ties.

Gambia an­nounced the de­ci­sion on tele­vi­sion Tues­day night, ac­cus­ing the court of un­fairly tar­get­ing Africa and call­ing it the “In­ter­na­tional Cau­casian Court.”

The move comes after South Africa, once a strong ICC sup­porter un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, no­ti­fied the United Na­tions sec­re­tary-gen­eral it would leave the court.

Early last week, Bu­rundi’s pres­i­dent signed leg­is­la­tion to leave the court as well.

Only Africans have been charged in the six ICC cases that are on­go­ing or about to be­gin, though pre­lim­i­nary ICC in­ves­ti­ga­tions have opened else­where.

Gambia’s de­ci­sion is also strik­ing be­cause the ICC’s chief pros­e­cu­tor, Fa­tou Ben­souda, is Gam­bian.

The in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter of the tiny West African coun­try, Sher­iff Baba Bo­jang, said in the state­ment late Tues­day that the court is in­volved in “the per­se­cu­tion of Africans, and es­pe­cially their lead­ers.” He ac­cused “at least 30” West­ern coun­tries of hav­ing com­mit­ted war crimes against their cit­i­zens since the ICC was founded more than a decade ago and said none has been tar­geted by the court.

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