Africa: ICC Relevant but Thorny for Africa


Rundu — Namibian academics are divided on how best the African Union (AU) should deal with the International Criminal Court (ICC), despite being in agreement with the principles that constitute the ICC and that Africa should remain party to the international judicial body.
The Namibian Foreign Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says the country stands fully with the AU’s recently adopted stance on the ICC that no African sitting head of state should stand trial before the ICC.
Regarding Namibia’s view of the ICC, Nandi-Ndaitwah says the ICC is unfairly targeting African leaders. “Mass killings are taking place in countries outside Africa but the ICC takes no action, but if those very same killings were done in Africa then our leaders would definitely be prosecuted, that is why we say African leaders are being unfairly targeted,” she told New Era yesterday immediately after her return from Antananarivo, Madagascar, where she headed the SADC Electoral Observer Mission for elections in that country.
African leaders expressed strong opinions on the ICC at the Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU that took place last weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They want a review of the AU’s relationship with the ICC and resolved to send …

Source: AllAfrica News: Africa


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