Senegal: Former UN Prosecutor disappointed over Gambia's ICC withdrawal

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian-born former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR), Hassan Jallow, says he is dismayed and disappointed over his country's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a statement obtained by PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Friday, Justice Jallow, who is also a member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGIA), appealed to the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, to consider reversing the decision.

''I have learnt with great dismay and disappointment of the reported decision of the government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC.

''The ICC is today an important court of last resort for victims of international crimes worldwide. African states and The Gambia, in particular, have very strongly supported the court. They should continue to do so, to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators of international crimes,'' he said.

''The challenges which currently confront the ICC and state parties to the Rome Statute can, in my view, be resolved through a dialogue which will see the continued engagement of The Gambia and the rest of Africa with the ICC.''

Therefore, he appealed very strongly to President Yahya Jammeh and his government to reconsider and reverse the decision to withdraw The Gambia from the Rome Statute of the ICC.

''I reiterate the call by the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, of which I am a member, for Burundi and South Africa to similarly reconsider their decisions and retain their membership of the Rome Statute.

''I also believe that the ICC should now initiate a dialogue with the concerned state parties, and seek a resolution of their concerns in a way that will promote the cause of justice and accountability globally.

''I appeal to the organs of the ICC to do so. AGIA remains available to facilitate this process,'' Justice Jallow added.
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28 october 2016 13:09:42

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