Namibia to Leave ICC, Country’s Focus has Changed to Poverty Eradication


Namibia is to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation.

Ndaitwah stated that engagement with ICC activities is no longer seen as overly important, saying that Namibia’s focus has shifted towards battling and erasing poverty. “We’ve set ourselves a target of eradicating poverty in this country. Therefore, we must concentrate on and plan how to deal with the development of this country. The ICC is not a priority,” the Deputy Prime Minister stated.

However Namibia will remain a full member of the Court, pending certain technical requirements that must be met before it is allowed to withdraw completely.

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Text sources: (11th March 2016) (14th March 2016)

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