The African Union has urged the International Criminal Court to reform or risk losing its members who are signatories to the Rome Statute.
“We have arrived at the conclusion that the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose establishment was strongly supported by Africa… is no longer a court for all,” Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“The time has come for both the ICC and the UN Security Council to stop ignoring the voices of Africa. Our common resolve should not be tested, as the continent may be left with no other choice than to reserve its right to take any measures that may be necessary in the interest of preserving and safeguarding peace, security and stability, as well as the dignity, sovereignty and integrity of the continent.”
The Ethiopian minister was speaking on behalf of the AU at the 14th session of the Assembly of States Parties.
Statement Of H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of The Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia “On Behalf Of The African Union” At The 14th Assembly Of States Parties To The Rome Statute Of The International Criminal Court