>> African countries are really piling the pressure on the International Criminal Courts in the Hague. In the last week, three African countries South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia have come out to say they want to leave the International Criminal Court in the Hague. I'm Ed Cropley, the Reuters' Africa Bureau Chief, reporting from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Although there's been a lot of grumbling about the court in Africa in the past, some people say it's an instrument of near colonial Western justice. No African country has actually come out and filed formal notification to say it wants to withdraw. South Africa changed all that last week when it sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General in New York saying it wanted to pull out.
>> The withdrawal will take effect one year after the secretary general has received the notification.>> This deal's a major blow to the ICC and the Hague. Which was set up to try even sitting leaders for crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide that took place on their watch.
Not only does South Africa's pulling out damaged the credibility of the Hague, it has also set the precedent to other countries are now appearing to follow.
rundi, which is locked in a violent political crisis, said this week that it will be following suit and sending a letter to and against the United Nations Secretary General.
And then last night, the leaders of Gambia said that they too were going to be taking action against what they termed the international caucasian court. An extraordinary attack and using very, very race space language on a, on attack on this institution