West African country Gambia has joined South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.
The announcement was made by Information Minister Sheriff Bojang who said the ICC is biased towards African leaders, while crimes committed by Western leaders went ignored.
According to UK-based news source, The Independent, Gambia has been trying without success to use the court to punish the European Union for deaths of thousands of African migrants trying to reach its shores.
“There are many Western countries, at least 30, that have committed heinous war crimes against independent sovereign states and their citizens since the creation of the ICC and not a single Western war criminal has been indicted,” said Bojang.
Speaking to Drum, Faith Mabera, researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue said a decision to withdraw from ICC shows solidarity among African states on the matter of non-cooperation.
However it is easy to blame the ICC of being biased towards African leaders because the continent has reported the highest numbers when it comes to mass atrocities.