The former Chief Prosecutor of UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and International Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Justice Hassan Jallow has called on the ICC to reach out to African nations, including his native Gambia that plans to withdraw from the Rome Statute.
Jallow had last month urged The Gambia to rescind its decision to withdraw her membership in the ICC.
“There are difficulties with Rome Status with many Africa states but I believe this can be dialogued, discussed and resolved within the system. I call upon the court to reach out to those countries withdrawing with the aim to resolve the issue.”
The ICC is the world’s only tribunal prosecuting criminals on war crime, genocide, and crimes against humanity charges. Experts agree it is an important system in global justice and has its challenges and shortcoming.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also urged Burundi, The Gambia and South Africa to reconsider their decision and reach to make reforms from within.
Justice Jallow, a former justice minister, and Supreme Court Justice of The Gambia, however, said “all hope is not lost,” remaining optimistic that The Gambia may reconsider.
The UN said The Gambia has officially notified the Office of the Secretary General with its letter of intent to withdraw and that the country of fewer than two million people will no longer be a member of the tribunal as of November next year.