African Union lashes out at ICC for targeting African leaders
Media ADDIS ABABA—The African Union (AU) has lashed out at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for targeting Africans on a racial basis,
according to Press TV reports.
"African leaders have come to a
consensus that the [ICC] process that has been conducted in Africa has a
flaw," AU Chair and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told
reporters on the sidelines of the 21st AU summit in Ethiopia's capital,
Addis Ababa, on Monday.
"The intention was to avoid any kind of impunity ... but
now the process has degenerated to some kind of race hunting," he
On Friday, African foreign ministers agreed to draft a proposal to
request the ICC to drop crimes against humanity cases against Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his compatriots at The Hague and refer them
back to Kenya.
Kenyatta is accused by the ICC of crimes against humanity for
violence related to the 2007 election, and he is scheduled to be tried
at The Hague in July.
More than 1,000 Kenyans were killed and 600,000 forced to leave their homes following the disputed 2007 vote.
African countries also agreed to establish a joint rapid reaction
force to deal with regional security emergencies. The decision is aimed
at reducing the continent's reliance on external forces and funds for
The special force will be formed from voluntary contributions of troops, equipment and funds by member states.