EU welcomes decision by Gambia not to leave ICC


EU commissioner Memica at a signing ceremony with Barrow and foreign minister Lawyer Darboe where the Union gave €80 million to the small nation

The European Union has welcomed the decision of The Gambia to officially retract its withdrawal notification from the International Criminal Court (ICC(

A spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement late Friday said the ICC embodies universal norms and values and victims of international crimes deserve justice, wherever they live.

“With this decision President Adama Barrow honours a pledge made during the election campaign,” it noted.

Last October Gambia had announced its withdrawal from the ICC, accusing the Hague-based tribunal of bias against Africans.

Burundi and South Africa also announced last October to leave the ICC, which was set up in 2002 to prosecute the most serious crimes, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity.


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