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Zuma urged to persuade all AU members to exit ICC

The forum says all members of the AU must establish an African Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide and crimes against humanity.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Progressive Professionals Forum has called on President Jacob Zuma to persuade all members of the African Union to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

The forum says all members of the AU must establish an African Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the continent.

It accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of long abandoning its mandate to prosecute individuals for such crimes, saying the court has turned out to convict only African leaders.

The call comes in the wake of the ICC finding that South Africa acted unlawfully by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, government says it remains committed to the principles of international justice.

The pre-trial chamber in The Hague on Thursday ruled that South Africa failed in its obligation to the court to arrest al-Bashir when he attended the African Union summit in Johannesburg two years ago.

The Sudanese president is wanted for crimes against humanity.

South Africa's Department of International Relation’s Nelson Kgwete says they are studying the ruling and its implications and seeking legal advice on available options.

He insists South Africa is totally committed to the principles of international justice.

Additional reporting by Barry Bateman.

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