SUDAN CALLS ON ALL AFRICAN STATES TO WITHDRAW FROM ICC

JOHANNESBURG, — Sudan has called on all African states which are signatories to the Rome Statute to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The call comes as expectations mount that Kenya is next in line to follow the path taken by South Africa, Burundi and Gambia, which are pulling out of the ICC.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyta, who has previously faced charges at the ICC, based at The Hague, ended a two-day visit to Khartoum over the weekend.

Africa has the largest number of signatories to the Rome Statute, accounting for 34 of the 124 signatories.

Sudan’s call comes just days before South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jerry Matjila, meets the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

Bensouda and her predecessors have been accused of being biased and only targeting Africans.

Botswana and Senegal have meanwhile urged their neighbours not to pull out of the ICC.

South Africa says the lack of reform of the United Nations Security Council is another reason the country is pulling out of the ICC.

Three of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and China, are not signatories to the Rome Statute. However, the council has the power to refer cases to the ICC, like the war crimes charges faced by Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir.

The South African government dropped its appeal against two court rulings that the country should have arrested Al Bashir last year when he was in the country to attend an African Union summit.

The South African government faces a Constitutional Court challenge over the decision to withdraw from the ICC.

Source: Nam News Network