Gambia withdraws from International Criminal Court  

On Tuesday, The Gambia became the third African country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, accusing it of being bias.

Sheriff Bojang

The Gambia has become the third African country on Tuesday to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, after Burundi and South Africa.

In statement read over the national TV, the country’s information minister, Sheriff Bojang, accused the Hague-based court of bias and pursuing a ‘racist’ agenda of the West.

“This is warranted by the fact that the ICC despite being called the International Criminal Court, is in fact an international Caucasian court for the prosecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans,” Bonjang said.

 “…There are many Western countries, at least 30, that have committed heinous war crimes against independent sovereign states and their citizens since the creation of the ICC and not a single Western war criminal has been indicted,” Bojang added.

The ICC is a ‘complementary’ court which was established in 2002 by The Rome Statute to help states with weaker judiciary to prosecute cases they are either unwilling to take or unable.

However, African leaders have criticized the international court of pursuing a neo-colonial agenda on the continent, though current prosecutor of the court is a former justice minister under President Jammeh, Fatou Bensouda.

The Gambian leader will be seeking his fifth term as his country prepares for presidential election on December 1.

In 2013, Gambia government withdrew from the Commonwealth accusing it of being a “neo-colonial” institution.


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