ICC gets support after three withdrawals, but Kenya is critical

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, as well as Senegal and Tanzania reiterated their support for the ICC.

By: AP | United Nations | Published:November 1, 2016 11:16 am
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to address a news conference after attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta  (Reuters Photo)

Many countries are pledging support for the International Criminal Court following the announced withdrawal by three African countries but Kenya, which remains under investigation by the war crimes tribunal, was sharply critical and questioned its long-term survival. In speeches Monday following the presentation of the court’s annual report to the General Assembly, there were also many calls for improved dialogue between the ICC and the African Union in hopes of reversing the decisions to leave by Burundi, South Africa and Gambia.

Kenyan Ambassador Tom Amolo, a senior Foreign Ministry official, didn’t say whether his country would also leave, but he told the 193-member world body it was monitoring the withdrawals “with very keen interest.”

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as well as Senegal and Tanzania reiterated their support for the ICC.