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UN confirms Gambia's withdrawal from the ICC

UN confirms Gambia's withdrawal from the ICC

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United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq  said the withdrawal of Gambia from the International Criminal Court (ICC) would take effect on November 10, 2017,  making it the third country to quit the Hague-based  tribunal.

Gambia  had notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the ICC earlier with some other African countries. 

Gambia’s information Minister Sheriff  Bojang  on  October  described the ICC as “an International Caucasian Court for Gambia to leave the  ICC persecution  and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans.

The tiny West African nation in late  October  said it planned to pull out of the ICC.  South Africa and Burundi both  notified  the United Nations in  October  of their withdrawal from the court, which will take effect in one year.

The ICC’s  current chief prosecutor,  Fatou  Bensouda, is Gambian and was an adviser to  Gambia’s  President  Yahya  Jammeh  in the early years of his rule after he  seised  power in a coup in 1994.  She  later served  as justice minister.

The court, which opened in July 2002 and has 124 member states, is the first legal body with permanent international  jurisdiction  to prosecute genocide,  crimes  against humanity and war  crimes.

United Nations  Secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that South Africa, Burundi and  Gambia  are leaving the ICC and said it could “send a wrong message on these countries’ commitment to justice.

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