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The Gambia: Pulling Out of ICC

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The Gambia, on October 25 2016 announced its decision to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing the institution of persecuting Africans.

In an announcement on state television, Gambian Minister of Information Sheriff Bojang called the ICC an “international Caucasian court for the persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans,” AFP reported.

The Gambian announcement follows that of Burundi on October 18th and South Africa on October 21 to leave the ICC.

Fatou Bom Bensouda, ICC chief prosecutor is a former Gambian justice minister, under the Jammeh regime.

The Gambian minister said the ICC had failed to prosecute Western countries for alleged war crimes, citing the ICC’s decision not to charge Tony Blair, former British prime minister.

The Rome Statute requires a year’s after notice to the U.N. Secretary-General for the decision to take effect.

Political pundits in Banjul believes the decision is linked to Jammeh’s intent to entrench himself in power, even if he loses the December 1 election.