LAW SOCIETY JOINS IN CALL TO SOUTH AFRICA NOT TO WITHDRAW FROM ICC

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has added its voice to those calling on the South African government to reconsider its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Justice Minister Micheal Masutha announced last week that South Africa has given notice to the United Nations to quit its membership from the Rome Statute which establishes the ICC, based at The Hague in the Netherlands.

The LSSA said here Wednesday that it was disappointed that the Cabinet did not consult Parliament in making its decision, and added that it believes South Africa should honour its commitment to provide forums for victims of crimes against humanity and human rights abuses by those in power.

Meanwhile, Gambia has become the latest African country after Burundi and South Africa to announce in short order that it will be withdrawing from the ICC, which it terms the "International Caucasian Court".

Although South Africa argues that the ICC's Rome Statutes are at odds with its laws granting leaders diplomatic immunity, other African countries see the tribunal purely as an instrument of colonial justice which unfairly targets the continent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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