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14/10/2013

Desmond Tutu criticises AU summit bid to withdraw from ICC.

In an opinion column in The New York Times, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has criticized the AU summit for its bid to have the African states pull out of the ICC.

"MEMBERS of the African Union will met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss recent calls by some African leaders to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. These calls must be resisted. The continent has suffered the consequences of unaccountable governance for too long to disown the protections offered by the I.C.C.

Those leaders seeking to skirt the court are effectively looking for a license to kill, maim and oppress their
own people without consequence. They believe the interests of the people should not stand in the way of their ambitions of wealth and power; that being held to account by the I.C.C. interferes with their ability to achieve these ambitions; and that those who get in their way the victims: their own people — should remain faceless and voiceless.

Most of all, they believe that neither the golden rule, nor the rule of law, applies to them.
But they know that they cannot say these things in public without repercussions. Instead, they conveniently accuse the I.C.C. of racism." Mr. Tutu' concluded in his column.

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