Gambia discontinues withdrawal from ICC

Lawyer Darboe

Gambia, a small West African country surrounded by Senegal in all three sides, has written to the Untied Nation secretary general discontinuing it withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

A press release from the country’s new foreign minister, Ousainou Darboe, said the Government has notified “António Guterres… in his capacity as depository of the Rome Statue of its decision to discontinue the withdrawal notice which was started in November 2016”.

“He was further informed that Gambia still considers herself as a state-party to the statue of the ICC and will continue to honour her obligations as a new government that has committed itself to the promotion of human rights and democracy, good governance and respect for the rule of law,” the release added.

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh withdrew the country from the war crimes court describing the institution as an “International Caucasian Court for the humiliation of the coloured people”.

It was not the first time Jammeh has pulled his country – a popular beach destination for European tourists – out of an international institution.

In 2013, he withdrew Gambia from the Commonwealth, the 54-member grouping including Britain and most of its former colonies, branding it a “neo-colonial institution”.

Jammeh who was defeated by Adama Barrow on December 1 presidential election was often accused by rights groups of cracking down on political opponents.

Jammeh now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

 

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