Lagos - Dr. Tope Ade Alias-Fatile, Head of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, raised concern at the International Criminal Court’s treatment of African leaders, saying it lacked respect.
In an address at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, the United States, Alias-Fatile cited the example of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom the ICC has preferred charges of crimes against humanity for the 2008/09 election violence.
“As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Nigeria remains committed to the ideals of the ICC, whose objective is based on the concept that impunity must be challenged and that everybody should be held accountable for their actions. Therefore, the cooperation of States, international organizations and the civil society is vital for the Court to continue to discharge its role as enshrined in the Rome Statute,” the official said.
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“To this effect, we commend His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya, who at great personal risk appeared in The Hague on 8th October,
2014 as a private citizen in response to an invitation by the Court. This is the height of cooperation that anyone or any State can accord the Court and it also demonstrates commitment as well as respect for the rule of law.”
Alias-Fatile however expressed concern that the ICC did not dismiss the case against President Kenyatta despite having failed to establish a case against his person. “In this in this regard that we call upon the Court to show more respect and consideration to African leaders and refrain from treating with peremptory disdain. We call upon the Court to engage with the African Union and African States on a mutual and respectful basis, as we all share the same values of promoting the rule of law and fighting impunity for the most serious crimes.”
Alias-Fatile pledged Nigeria’s commitment to the promotion of international justice and the peaceful settlement of disputes, as a State Party to the Statute of the Court and having made the declaration recognizing the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory.
“We encourage all Member States to continue to offer their support to the activities of the Court in order to promote international justice and the rule of law.”
– CAJ News