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ICC dismisses accusations of African bias

By Staff Reporter

ICC says there is active propaganda against the organisation by non-member states.
ICC has dismissed all “African bias” claims

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dismissed accusations of African bias, arguing that criticism directed at the court is borne out of lack of understanding of how the ICC works.

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“Even those cases that came to the ICC from the UN Security Council, you had African states seating at the council and voting for those cases Libya and Sudan to be referred to the ICC. So I think it is not justifiable to say that ICC is only after Africa. It is a mixed bad.”

She adds that the assumption is also made by active propaganda against the court by some non-member states and from member states against the ICC.

-SABC

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