Mystery of the ‘resolution’ at Addis African Union summit to walk out of ICC
Saturday February 6 2016
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto (centre) at the ICC during his trial. Kenya is pushing AU to withdraw from the court. PHOTO | FILE
A common position by African countries on mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court will not be reached until June when a committee tasked to engage the UN Security Council reports back.
Out of the 123 members of the Rome Statute, African states make up the majority with 34 signatories. But despite efforts by African states to withdraw en masse, Article 127 of the Rome Statute provides that state parties must pull out one by one.
Withdrawal from the ICC starts with a state party writing a notification of the intention to withdraw to the UN Secretary-General. The state party then has to wait for a year before the withdrawal comes into force.