In a time when global uncertainty is on the rise and tyranny and the abuse of power are prevalent, some African nations are sending the wrong messages.
Led by former Apartheid -relieved South Africa and poverty-stricken and violence dominated Burundi, the Republic of Gambia, a small West African nation which is led by a former junior officer in the Gambian armed forces, has notified the United Nations of the country’s desire to leave the International Criminal Court where the current chief prosecutor is a Gambian female who was served as attorney general of the small west African state.
The Gambia notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, after presenting a formal notice of a pullout, a UN spokesman said Monday.
“We have received the official, formal notification, which has now been processed,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Burundi and South Africa and Burundi ignored appeals from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reverse their decisions of quitting the ICC.
Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Kenya are among other African countries that are considering pulling out of the Rome statute, the ICC’s founding treaty.
In an ill-informed assertion, the Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang argued that the ICC had been used “for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders” while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Banjul’s decision to pull out of the court struck a personal blow against the tribunal’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer and former justice minister under the country’s tough ruler, Lt. Yaya Jammeh who is accused of serious human rights abuses.