South Africa to Formally Leave the International Criminal Court


South Africa has formally requested to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, in The Hague.

Michael Masutha, South Africa’s Justice and Correctional Services Minister, has stated that “Written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in accordance with Article 127(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“The withdrawal will take effect one year after the Secretary-General has received the notification. South Africa will remain obligated under the Rome Statute for the duration of the 12 months’ notice period.”

Minister Masutha has emphasized that South Africa remains dedicated to the fight against impunity, ensuring that those who have committed serious offences, including crimes against humanity, are held responsible for their actions.

The Minister said South Africa will work closely with the African Union and other African countries to reinforce and support continental bodies, such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. “Our unwavering commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world is further demonstrated by our continued participation in various international and continental human rights instruments.”

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Text source: – 21st October 2016

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