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AU: Activists challenge acttacks on ICC

AU: Activists challenge acttacks on ICC


As the 27th African Union Summit takes place in Kigali Rwanda, a group of activists from across the continent, have united to get African leaders to support the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The 21 African and international non-governmental organisations in a video which features 12 activists released on Thursday, want African governments to reconsider their views on the court when they meet between July 10 to July 18.

In a meeting in April, the committee agreed on three conditions that needed to be met by the ICC in order for the AU to agree not to call on African countries to withdraw from the court, according to Kenya’s Daily Nation.

Among the conditions was a demand for immunity from ICC prosecution for sitting heads of state and other senior government officials — which is contrary to a fundamental principle of the court.

However, It is not clear if the AU will consider any of the open-ended committee’s assessments and recommendations at the summit.