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Gambia gov’t advised to reverse withdrawal from ICC

Oct 28, 2016, 10:03 AM

Former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) has appealed to President Yahya Jammeh to consider reversing his decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Hon. Justice Alhaji Hassan Jallow, who also served as Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UNMICT) between 2012 and 2016, said African states and The Gambia, in particular, “have very strongly supported the ICC” and should continue to do so.

In a press release sent to this paper yesterday, Justice Jallow, a Gambian, said he was disappointed at the reported decision of the Gambia government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of ICC.

The following is the full statement of Justice Jallow:

“I have learnt with great dismay and disappointment of the reported decision of the government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC.

“The ICC is today an important court of last resort for victims of international crimes worldwide. African states and The Gambia, in particular, have very strongly supported the court. They should continue to do so, to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators of international crimes.

“The challenges which currently confront the ICC and state parties to the Rome Statute can, in my view, be resolved through a dialogue which will see the continued engagement of The Gambia and the rest of Africa with the ICC.

“I appeal very strongly to His Excellency The President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa and his government to reconsider and reverse the decision to withdraw The Gambia from the Rome Statute of the ICC.

“I reiterate the call by the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, AGIA, of which I am a member, for Burundi and South Africa to similarly reconsider their decisions and retain their membership of the Rome Statute.

“I also believe that the ICC should now initiate a dialogue with the concerned state parties, and seek a resolution of their concerns in a way that will promote the cause of justice and accountability globally.

I appeal to the organs of the ICC to do so. AGIA remains available to facilitate this process.

27 October 2016, Banjul, The Gambia


Hon. Justice Alhaji Hassan Bubacar Jallow

Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia (1984 -1994)

Justice of Supreme Court of The Gambia, 1998 – 2002

Chief Prosecutor UNICTR 2003 – 2015

Chief Prosecutor of the UNMICT – 2012 -2016

Member, Africa Group for Justice And Accountability, AGIA.

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