Stand-off between ICC and Africa heightens

(From Desmond Davies, London Bureau Chief)

ICCThe Hague, Oct. 28, GNA – The decision by Burundi, South Africa and The Gambia to deposit instruments of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the UN Secretary General demonstrates that the stand-off between the Court and African countries is far from over, according to a leading light on Africa and international justice, Evelyn Ankumah.

Ghanaian-born Ms. Ankumah, founder and Executive Director of Africa Legal Aid, an influential international non-governmental organisation specialising in contemporary legal and political issues in Africa, based in Maastricht in Holland, added: “As a fervent advocate of international criminal justice, I am of course deeply disappointed about the decisions to withdraw.”

“I will not deny that I am worried about a possible spill over effect.”

She was speaking in The Hague on Wednesday at the launch of a massive tome, The International Criminal Court and Africa: One Decade On, which she edited.

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Source: Ghana News Agency

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