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UN/African Union: Reject ICC Withdrawal

Security Council Meeting With AU

(New York, September 22, 2016) – The African Union (AU), in advance of a meeting with the United Nations Security Council on September 23, 2016, should end consideration of a call for mass withdrawal of its members from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a group of African nongovernmental organizations and international groups with a presence in Africa said today.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has renewed its call on Malawi government to domesticate the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in line with the Statute’s principle of complementarity.

Speaking from Dakar, Senegal, after witnessing the sentencing of former Chad ruler, Hissene Habre over crimes against humanity, CHRR Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator, Fletcher Simwaka, said Habre’s successful trial in a foreign country, Senegal, is a moment of reflection for Malawi regarding her legal position on serious crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and war aggression.

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) through Karonga Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (KAGEWE) project has withdrawn 80 young girls from marriages and re-enrolled them to school in Karonga the northern district of the country.

The exercise has been done in two Traditional Authorities (TAs) only which include Mwilang’ombe and Wasambo in a period of 11 months.