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International Criminal Court: Is this its end in Africa?

International Criminal Court: Is this its end in Africa?

International Criminal Court (ICC) is going to change. Ugandan President has called on African Nations to drop out of this organisation. Yoweri Museveni said in his statement in Nairobi, that he intends to mobilise African leaders to quit the International Criminal Court.

Changes in the structure of the ICC, one of the UN-related organisations, are inevitable if the country-members begin to withdraw from the court. In fact, a long time ago the relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has generated much discussion, criticism and controversy. The UNSC Council has played a crucial role in international criminal justice, but the ICC definitely has a credibility problem in Africa, say experts.

Mr Museveni stressed in his statement that:

“I will bring a motion to the African Union to have all African states withdraw from the court and then they can be left alone with their own court.”

The Museveni’s position was supported by the voice of Ugandan State Minister for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs. Mr Henry Okello Oryem affirmed that the ICC’s failure to treat elected African leaders with respect has become an “irritant”, which has engineered a “very strong momentum toward total withdrawal” from the court.