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Sudan calls on African states to withdraw from ICC

Sudan is now calling on all African states who are signatories to the Rome Statute to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The call comes as expectations mount that Kenya is next in line to follow the route of Burundi, and Gambia, who are pulling out of the ICC.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyta, who has previously faced charges at The Hague, is concluding a two-day visit in Khartoum.

At least three African countries are pulling out with the number expected to increase.

Africa has the largest number of signatories to the Rome Statute, 34 of the 124 member countries .

This call comes just days before South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations Jerry Matjila meets the chief prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda.

Bensouda and her predecessors have been accused of being bias and only trying Africans.

Botswana and Senegal have urged their neighbours not to pull out of the ICC.

South Africa says the lack of reform of the United Nations Security Council is another reason the country is pulling the plug.

With three of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and China are not signatories to the Rome Statute.

However, the council has the power to refer cases to the ICC, like the war crimes case charges faced by Sudanese President Sudan Omar al Bashir.

The South African government dropped its appeal against two court rulings that the country should have been arrested Al Bashir last year when he was in the country.

Now cabinet faces a constitutional court challenge for its decision to withdraw from the ICC .


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