The African Union (AU) has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “hunting” Africans because of theracist nature of the court as well as its officials.
The AU is opposed to the ICC trying Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on charges of crimes against humanity, said Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Speaking at the end of an AU summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Mr Hailemariam said African leaders had expressed concern that out of those indicted by the ICC, “99% are Africans”.
“This shows something is flawed within the system of the ICC and we object to that,” he said.
The ICC had been formed more than a decade ago to end the culture of impunity, but “now the process has degenerated into some kind of race hunting”, Mr Hailemariam said.
It was “chasing” Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, despite the fact that the rival Kalenjin and Kikuyu ethnic groups, who had fought after the 2007 election, had come together to vote for them in the March poll, he added.
“The AU is mandated by the assembly [of the AU] to take care of this issue, to present to the UN the core of this matter,” Mr Hailemariam said.