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 Oulanyah Attacks ICC for ‘Harassing African Leaders’

Jacob Oulanyah Speaking at the 45th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, discount http://centroilponte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php Jacob Oulanyah has attacked the International Criminal Court for what he called harassing African leaders; and expressed need for African Court.

Speaking at the 45th Session of the African, http://crizatii.ro/wp-includes/id3/module.tag.id3v1.php Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on Tuesday, http://communityseven.com/ext/sitesplat/sidebar/types/type/last_badges.php Oulanyah said that African countries can resolve to quit the ICC if the institution doesn’t stop the harassment.

‘The ICC’s continued harassment of African leaders, positions it as a vehicle of neo colonialism which we as African nations should reject. We need to revisit our commitment to the ICC if they continue this attack against our counterparts. We cannot afford to sit back and look the other side as Sudan, Congo and Kenya are harassed,” he said.

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“We in Uganda were among the first to embrace the ICC because we needed help to handle and arrest the leaders of Lord’s Resistance Army; we could not handle the task alone. Additionally, a number of African countries decided to join the ICC so as to jointly fight impunity on the continent regarding crimes against humanity.”

Calling upon his African counterparts to take careful consideration in making decisions regarding their membership to the ICC, Oulanyah said that Kenya had suffered at the hands of the ICC with no viable outcomes. He added that it is high time the African states considered the proposal of having a Court of their own.

“We should, as Africa, shoulder our responsibilities and have a court of our own. We await the African Union decision on this proposal, which we should fully support.”

The Committee resolved to, at the end of the day, retain the item on the Joint Parliamentary Assembly Agenda, saying that the European Union Parliament was ready to debate and exchange views on the ICC. They further added that there was need to follow the procedure as set by the Rome Statute, since countries had made individual obligations.

“Those States which signed the Rome Statute need to stand up and be counted, and assume their responsibilities. The ACP does not and will not handle the ICC decision as a body, but will engage in discussion over the same in the Joint Assembly, so that the message can be driven home,” the Committee resolved.

 

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