African leaders supports strategy for mass withdrawal from International Criminal Court (ICC)

African leaders at the 28th AU Summit in Ethiopia

African leaders on Tuesday adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

The non-binding decision came behind closed doors near the end of an African Union summit.

It was the latest expression of impatience by African leaders with the court, which some say has focused too narrowly on Africa while pursuing cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Desire Assogbavi, head of Oxfam International’s liaison office to the AU, confirmed the adoption of the strategy. A source close to the continental body’s legal council also confirmed it, saying countries had been divided on whether to call for leaving the court individually or together, abcNews reports

Elise Keppler with Human Rights Watch’s international justice program said the strategy has no timeline and “few concrete recommendations for action.”

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