SA, Bu­rundi ex­its won’t take place for at least year: ICC

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DAKAR — The In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on Mon­day urged mem­ber states to seek a con­sen­sus with crit­i­cal African na­tions, while stress­ing that South Africa and Bu­rundi’s an­nounced de­par­tures would not take place for at least a year.

“To­day more than ever, there is a huge need for univer­sal jus­tice,” said Sidiki Kaba, pres­i­dent of the as­sem­bly of state par­ties to the ICC found­ing treaty, evok­ing “the tragedies which are hap­pen­ing in front of our eyes”.

Kaba, also Sene­gal’s jus­tice min­is­ter, said it was nec­es­sary “to en­gage in dia­logue with the na­tions which want to leave the ICC. For that we must lis­ten to their con­cerns, their re­crim­i­na­tions and their crit­i­cism”.

South Africa dealt a heavy blow to the trou­bled in­ter­na­tional court on Fri­day by an­nounc­ing it was with­draw­ing from an in­sti­tu­tion set up to pros­e­cute the world’s worst crimes.

The de­ci­sion fol­lowed a dis­pute last year when Su­danese Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir vis­ited the coun­try for an African Union sum­mit de­spite fac­ing an ICC ar­rest war­rant over al­leged war crimes.

And ear­lier this month, Bu­run­dian law­mak­ers CAPE TOWN — Ugan­dan Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni has de­scribed the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC) as “use­less”, as he praised South Africa and Bu­rundi’s move to leave the tri­bunal.

Ac­cord­ing to Lusaka Times, Mu­sev­eni said this while speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Zam­bia.

“It is a very good de­ci­sion that South Africa has

over­whelm­ingly voted to with­draw from the ICC.

Rights or­gan­i­sa­tions said Bu­rundi’s gov­ern­ment was try­ing to hide abuses from the eyes of the world.

Namibia and Kenya have also raised the pos­si­bil­ity of leav­ing the ICC, which has of­ten been ac­cused of bias against African lead­ers.

Of the 10 ICC probes since 2002 when the court was es­tab­lished, nine have been into African coun­tries and one into Ge­or­gia, although most ICC cases have been re­ferred to the court by African gov­ern­ments them­selves.

Kaba told re­porters in Dakar that any for­mal done that. In fact it is [the ICC] that is very use­less,” Mu­sev­eni was quoted as say­ing.

Mu­sev­eni was in Zam­bia to grace the south­ern African coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions that took place on Mon­day. — News24.

with­drawal re­quest would only take ef­fect after a year.

He urged the mem­bers states con­sid­er­ing such a move to “give dia­logue a chance”, adding that the next gen­eral as­sem­bly in Novem­ber would be a good fo­rum for find­ing “a dy­namic con­sen­sus”.

The Sene­galese min­is­ter also called for na­tional ju­di­cial sys­tems to be re­in­forced to al­low “Africans to judge Africans on the con­ti­nent”. — AFP.

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