South Africa’s decision to leave ICC ruled ‘invalid’

By News Agencies

South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been ruled “unconstitutional and invalid” by the High Court.

South Africa notified the UN of its intention to leave last October, accusing the ICC of undermining its sovereignty and bias against Africans.

But the opposition Democratic Alliance argued that the government had to first seek parliamentary approval.

The court ordered the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal.

South Africa became the second African country last year to apply to leave the Rome Statute, the treaty establishing the Hague-based court.

They applied shortly after Burundi did citing the fact that ICC membership was affecting its diplomatic relations.

The ICC was opened in 2002, it currently has 24 member states and is the first legal body with permanent international jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It has however been accused of targeting Africans.

Gambian President Adama Barrow recently rescinded a decision by his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, to withdraw the country from the group.

The Jammeh government described the ICC as an ‘International Caucasian Court.’

Source: BBC News

               SABC News


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