Minister tells Parliament that Malawi will not withdraw from International Criminal Court 

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Francis Katsaira has told parliament that  Malawi will not join the mass withdrawal of African countries who are pulling out  from  International Criminal Court (ICC) designed to prosecute those who commit the gravest atrocities.

Kasaila: Malawi respects sovereign decisions by those countries that opted to pull out from ICC

The Hague-based ICC, launched at the turn of the century as an ambitious effort to bring international justice to states around the world, has been buffeted by a series of blows, including rising criticism from African countries that say the ICC is biased against them.

The African Union annual heads of state of summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday which was attended by Malawian President Peter Mutharika resolved that there should be a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed.

But Kasaila  said Malawi will instead be part of the African countries that are pushing for radical changes at the court.

“In as far as government is concerned, its position has not changed. The postion is the one that we communicated to the general public and it is that Malawi, as a founding State Party, will remain and fight for reform in the ICC from within the ICC,” said Kasaila.

He added: “ It should further be acknowledged, that in as much as any decisions are made by consensus and a vote if necessary as was in this case, there are some countries which agree with the Malawi position while others do not.

“Government respects such sovereign view and positions. Government will continue to observe developments on this matter. We will continue to be involved in the discussions and consult other stakeholders before making any other decision.”

The ICC and global justice:

  • Came into force in 2002
  • The Rome Statute that set it up has been ratified by 123 countries, but the US is a notable absence
  • It aims to prosecute and bring to justice those responsible for the worst crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes
  • In the court’s 14-year history it has only brought charges against Africans.

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Dachi Hagu Phiri
7 years ago

ICC is not a bad idea but it deliberately drew o a line in the sand to ignore all atrocities that occured during the colonial era.The EU is aware that the african Criminal Court (ACC) if is well established will look into all colonial atrocities that happened in africa like apartheid in south africa(dutch) where a lot was done in the name of white superiority. The brits in kenya,ZIM,MW,the french in algeria & west africa,the Germans in tanganyika,namibia,and lastly the belgians in congo etc…killed for fun and now they want the world to believe in human rights etc.. ICC days… Read more »

7 years ago

Not true about only Africans. there are Mladic, Slobodan Milosovic from Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina

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