Gambia rescinds withdrawal process from ICC

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Government of The Gambia has decided to rescind its earlier decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court) (ICC). This was formalised through a letter sent to the ICC to that effect on 10 January 2017 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.

The following is the request sent to the ICC from the foreign office:

In line with the commitment and public pronouncements of his Excellency Mr Adama Barrow, president of the Republic of The Gambia, to rescind the decision of The Gambia’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a formal letter to that effect was sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 10th January 2017 by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad. 

The Government of The Gambia notified His Excellency Mr Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, in his capacity as depositary of the Rome Statute, of its decision to discontinue the withdrawal process which was started in November 2016. 

He was further informed that The Gambia still considers herself as a state party to the statute of the ICC and will continue to honour her obligations. 

“As a new government that has committed itself to the promotion of human rights, democracy, good governance and respect for the rule of law, we reaffirm The Gambia’s commitment to the principles enshrined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  This action is in line with our vision of a new democratic Gambia,” the government statement said.  

Source: GRTS

Source: Picture: Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe