Global uproar over SA’s ICC withdrawal

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - JULY 23: View of the International Criminal Court as Dutch prosecuters consider a war crimes investigation of the Malaysia Airlines crash July 23, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – JULY 23: View of the International Criminal Court as Dutch prosecuters consider a war crimes investigation of the Malaysia Airlines crash July 23, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THERE is global outcry over South Africa’s and Burundi’s imminent withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Most of the concern followed South Africa’s decision owing to its standing as a global model of the upholding of human rights.

The European Union yesterday (Monday) expressed “deep regret.”

“South Africa played a significant role in the establishment of the ICC and was one of the first signatories of the Rome Statue,” the European bloc added.

“We equally note with deep concern that Burundi has formalised steps to withdraw from the Rome Statute.”

EU will continue to engage with both countries on how they can remain partners to the Rome Statute, a spokesperson said from Brussel, Belgium.

Meanwhile, Canada said it was “deeply troubled” by South Africa’s announcement.

Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, quoted Nelson Mandela’s words in 1998 endorsing the ICC.

Dion called on South Africa to rescind its decision.

“We urge South Africa to reconsider.”
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