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Barrow says Gambia will not quit ICC

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Barrow says Gambia will not quit ICC

Newly sworn-in President of the Gambia Adama Barrow has declared that his country will not quit the International Court of Justice (ICC) in a move which reverses the previous administration’s plan to withdraw from the tribunal.

President Barrow made the pledge during the campaign to undo Yahya Jammeh’s decision, restore human rights and repair the country’s badly-damaged foreign relations.

“As a new government that has committed itself to the promotion of human rights … we reaffirm The Gambia’s commitment to the principles enshrined in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court,” said a statement read on state television and radio.

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About two weeks ago, member states of the African Union backed a collective strategy to quit the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a divisive debate at its annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa.

At the summit, African leaders passed a resolution aimed at mass exit of the ICC with part of the resolution also providing that the AU would hold talks with the UN Security Council to push for the ICC to be reformed.

The “strategy of collective withdrawal” from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is not without reservations, an African Union official told newsmen on Wednesday after the summit.

Three African states – South Africa, Gambia and Burundi – signalled last year their intention to quit what is the world’s first permanent global war crimes court.

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