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Gambia withdraws from ICC

Gambia has become the third African nation to submit its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the United Nations. Information minister Sheriff Baba…

Gambia has become the third African nation to submit its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the United Nations.

Information minister Sheriff Baba Bojang, who announced the withdrawal late on Tuesday on national television, said the acronym ICC stood for "International Caucasian Court."

The court focused on "the persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans," Bojang added.

Gambia’s withdrawal comes several days after South Africa announced it would leave the ICC, saying its membership hampered its efforts to resolve conflicts in Africa.

Earlier this month, Burundi’s government also decided to quit the court in The Hague.

ICC Assembly of States Parties president Sidiki Kaba, who is also the justice minister of Senegal, Monday called the withdrawals a “watershed moment” for justice.

Since the ICC entered into force in July 2002, only Africans have been on trial. (DPA)

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