UN ask South Africa, Burundi to follow in the footsteps of Gambia to reverse ICC withdrawal

UN ask South Africa, Burundi to follow in the footsteps of Gambia to reverse ICC withdrawal

The United Nations has asked South Africa and Burundi to follow the example Gambia’s new administration by reversing its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

United Nations has formally received Gambia’s notice reversing its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The world body received the letter from the tiny West African nation on Friday, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.

Gambia was one of three African countries that informed the UN chief last year they were withdrawing from the court that presses charges against alleged perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, has vowed to reverse other actions taken by his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, who has been accused by rights groups of leading a government that tortured and killed opponents during his rule of more than 22 years.

Jammeh, who mockingly called the ICC the “International Caucasian Court,” flew into exile last month under international pressure after losing to Barrow in the December election.

He went to Equatorial Guinea, which is not an ICC member state.

Many African nations have accused the ICC of unfairly targeting the continent.

Last month, leaders from the 55-nation African Union adopted a non-binding strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the court, saying it had focused too narrowly on prosecuting African leaders.

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