Africa Group for Justice and Accountability urges Africa to remain engaged with the ICC

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Press Release: 22 March 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA), an independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, which was established in November 2015, has urged the African Union to remain engaged with the ICC.

A member of the Group, Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, made these comments in her opening remarks on behalf of AGJA at the opening of a conference at the University of Cape Town on “African Justice mechanisms and their interplay with the International Criminal Court” organised by the Wayamo Foundation, the University and AGJA. (programme, twitter)

Pillay, who spoke on behalf of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability which was established to support efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa, made her remarks at the three day symposium, which is being attended by a number of experts on international criminal justice, human rights activists, academics and practitioners from the field of international law from around the world.

She noted that “AGJA encourages justice and accountability on the African continent and globally” and confirmed their willingness to “continue to foster an open and frank debate on the relationship between the ICC and Africa, and champion a transparent and productive dialogue between relevant stakeholders and the ICC.”

The members of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability are:

  • Dapo Akande (Nigeria) Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford
  • Femi Falana (Nigeria)   Human rights activist and lawyer
  • Hassan Bubacar Jallow (Gambia)   Former Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Richard Goldstone (South Africa)   Former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia
  • Tiyanjana Maluwa (Malawi)   H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law, Pennsylvania State University School of Law; Former Associate Dean for International Affairs, School of Law & Director, School of International Affairs
  • Athaliah Molokomme (Botswana)   Attorney General of Botswana
  • Betty Kaari Murungi (Kenya)   Independent Consultant on Human Rights and Transitional Justice
  • Mohamed Chande Othman (Tanzania)   Chief Justice of Tanzania
  • Navi Pillay (South Africa)   Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Catherine Samba-Panza (Central African Republic)   Former President of the Central African Republic
  • Fatiha Serour (Algeria)   Director of Serour Associates for Inclusion and Equity
  • Abdul Tejan-Cole (Sierra Leone)   Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa