African Leaders Speak Out in Defence of the ICC

In the aftermath of South Africa, Gambia and Burundi’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), several African states have spoken out in defence of the ICC. Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Senegal and Sierra Leone have all indicated their intentions to remain a part of the Rome Statute and in so doing have reaffirmed their commitment to global justice. As the Foreign Minister of Botswana stated: ‘Pulling out [of the ICC] is not the solution. We should be working towards fixing the court… as the only permanent international criminal tribunal, the ICC is an important unique institution in the international criminal justice system…’