UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says the announcement by three African countries of their intent to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, ICC sends a ‘wrong message’ to the world.
Ki-moon was quoted as saying this in a message tweeted by the United Nations radio in its official twitter account @UN_Radio on Friday, October 28, 2016.
— UN Radio (@UN_Radio) October 28, 2016
The UN chief said that pulling out of the court undermined the commitment to justice on the part of South Africa, Gambia, and Burundi.
Ki-moon said that the world had made “enormous strides” in the international justice system, with the ICC as its centrepiece, which had secured “ground-breaking convictions.”
He acknowledged that not all countries accepted its jurisdiction, and that, so far, only Africans had been convicted, in spite of evidence of crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity elsewhere.
``But withdrawal by the three countries would be a mistake.
“I regret these steps, which could send a wrong message on these countries commitment to justice.
“These challenges are best addressed not by diminishing support for the court, but by strengthening it from within,” he said.
Ban added that deterring genocide and defending the rules of war, were too important to “risk a retreat from the age of accountability” that leaving the court, would signify. (NAN)