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Gambia Withdraws from ICC, Calls it “International Caucasian Court”

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President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambia has become the third African nation to submit its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the United Nations.

Information minister, Sheriff Baba Bojang, who announced the withdrawal on Wednesday on national television, said the acronym ICC stood for “International Caucasian Court’’.

“The court focused on the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans,’’ Bojang added.

Gambia’s withdrawal came several days after South Africa announced it would leave the ICC, saying its membership hampered its efforts to resolve conflicts in Africa.

Earlier this month, Burundi’s government also decided to quit the court in The Hague.

ICC Assembly of States Parties President Sidiki Kaba, who is also the justice minister of Senegal, on Monday called the withdrawals a “watershed moment’’ for justice.

Report says since the ICC entered into force in July 2002, only Africans have been on trial.

8 Comments

  1. soulsuit

    October 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Hmm seeking license to kill and commit crime without caution!

  2. chido

    October 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I completely agree with the Gambian president on this, until we Africans rise up and love ourselves rather than wait for the west to give us a sense of belonging we will always remain in the dark. The Belgian government is yet to pay for the crimes against humanity in the Congo, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and other crimes against African nations, we have no business being part of these useless organisations. Classic case of animal farm. Wake up Africa

    • concerned

      October 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Please look up (any search engine) some of the crimes the Gambian president has committed against his OWN people. I am very familiar with it, since I do not want to be bias, please look it up.

    • Rise Up Africa!

      October 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

      This may be true as but it still doesn’t mean that African governments should remain in servitude to the West, and the ICC is simply another machine established to control and supress Africa while masquerading as promoters of human rights. We have many problems in Africa, most of which originated from the interruption and seeds of discord sown by the West, yet we expect the same Western countries to resolve our issues that we should be tackling ourselves! I wish the AU will vote a resolution that will force all African governments to pull out of this sham of ICC, and then we will see who they will prosecute! They should already begin with George Bush and Tony Blair whose war crimes were committed in the full glare of the whole world! Nonsense ICC!

    • concerned

      October 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      @Rise Up Africa!
      I did not say African governments should remain in servitude to the West, Look at my comment above.
      If we take a close look at the situation – this President is ONLY getting out of ICC because he has executed several innocent people since he came to power in 1994. That’s just one of his crimes. He has several. He is only trying to cover his behind.
      Yes, Africa should solve its own problems – I am all for African countries leaving the ICC…but in this particular case he is only covering his behind. Read up on his crimes against humanity….PLEASE!

  3. agu

    October 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    i don’t support this Gambian president but ICC have not being fair to African leaders. the will see bad leaders in other continent commit crime against humanity the will look the other way but ones it’s an African leader the will start presiding over arresting him or her to ICC head office in the Hague.

  4. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    It’s taken a heck of a while but thank God some African leaders are beginning to recognize Neo-colonialism for what it is.

    And no, I don’t hate white people but I detest the slyness of Western politics. There’s too much BS at play – if you have the balls, why haven’t you called George Bush Jr. to appear and explain why he attacked a country which repeatedly wanted to prove to the U.S. that there was no link between Iraq and the Sept. 11th attacks and no WMDs to find? Insinuation and false allegations because the little twerp (i.e. Bush) manipulated evidence just so he could get rid of Saddam. Invade another man’s country (which hasn’t attacked yours) with the might of the American military and turn it into a war zone.

    If it’d been Mugabe that tried it, wahala…

    • Bella

      October 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      I totally agree with you on the double standards of hypocrisy at play here. All crimes of human nature must be accounted for and paid for by the perpetrators, but this ICC sef, is a totally biased institution that only serves to cover the crimes of the westerners and expose ours sef. I am glad Gambia has joined South Africa. That is not to say that such crimes of genocide should not be dealt with but we need another court of law by us for us

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