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Jammeh calls on ICC to investigate African migrant deaths

Jun 9, 2015, 10:53 AM | Article By: Picture: Fatou B. Bensouda Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

President Yahya Jammeh has called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the deaths of African migrants trying to go to Europe through the ‘back way’ across the Mediterranean sea.

“We have a right to call the ICC to investigate not only cases of Gambians but the case of thousands of African young people who have died on the European coast under unusual circumstances,” President Jammeh said during a meeting with ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the weekend aired by GRTS on Monday.

The President said the rescue efforts by European navy and coastguards is questionable, as increasing numbers of African migrants trying to go to Europe keep dying in the sea owing to “deliberate” boat capsizing.

“If it is not done deliberately, how is it possible that each time a vessel is capsizing, there is the Italian navy to rescue only a few people,” he said.

President Jammeh raised the same issue last year at the United Nations General Assembly, saying that investigations into the massive deaths of especially African migrants should by conducted by the international community to put a stop to the deaths of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe.