The former Chief Prosecutor of UNMICT Alhagie Hassan Bubacarr Jallow, has expressed “great dismay and disappointment” at the reported decision of The Gambian government to withdraw from the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Jallow, in a statement to the media said: “I have learnt with great dismay and disappointment of the reported decision of the government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to withdraw from the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court ICC.”
The former UN Chief Prosecutor has launched an appeal to The Gambian government to reconsider its decision and reinstate Gambia’s membership to the ICC. He describes the ICC, as an important body in which victims of crimes against humanity use as a last resort to seek justice.
“The ICC today is an important court of the last resort for victims of international crime worldwide. African states and The Gambia in particular have very strongly supported the court. They should continue to do so. To ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators of international crimes,” Mr. Jallow noted.
“I appeal very strongly to His Excellency the President Sheikh Professor Alhagie Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babilimansa and his government to reconsider and reverse the decision to withdraw The Gambia from the Rome Statue of the ICC,” he added.
Mr. Jallow, who served as Gambia’s Justice Minister, from 1984, to 1994, said despite the challenges facing the ICC, member states including The Gambian government, should continue to engage the regional body in the spirit of dialogue to resolve whatever differences they might have with the ICC before opting out from the body.
“The challenges which currently confront the ICC and state parties to the Rome Statue can in my view be resolved through a dialogue which will see the continued engagement of the Gambia and the rest of Africa with the ICC,” said Mr. Jallow.
Below is the signed copy of Hassan Jallow’s statement expressing disappointment at Gambia’s decision to withdraw from the ICC.