Botswana to domesticate Rome Statute
President Lt. Gen. Dr. Ian Khama has “reaffirmed” Botswana’s commitment to the Rome Statute that established The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) in stark contrast to recent developments by some peer African members.
So far, four African countries – Kenya, The Gambia, Burundi and South Africa – have noticed their intentions to quit the multilateral human rights tribunal that tries cases of genocide and crimes against humanity, on the basis that it is unfairly targeting African leaders for prosecution and humiliation.
President Khama reiterated Botswana’s commitment to the court during Monday’s State of the Nation Address that he delivered in Parliament. He said the 12- member court set up in 2002 was useful as bulwark against human rights violations in the world.
Kenya proposed to the African Union recently that the continental body develop a roadmap for the withdrawal of African nations from the court, which has so far opened inquiries involving Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Uganda and Georgia, the only non-African nation.