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Zambia Not Under ICC Probe-Bensouda

Zambia is not among the countries that are under investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to a list unveiled at the on-going 18th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, in the Netherlands, the countries undergoing investigations are Nigeria, Guinea, Ukraine, Venezuela, Columbia, Libya, Darfur, Georgia, Philippines and Palestine among others

In a statement issued by secretary for press at the Zambian Mission in Belgium, Phyllis Chilekwa, Justice Minister Given Lubinda said that Zambia remained committed to the ideals of the International Criminal Court.

At the ICC conference prosecutor of the ICC Mrs Fatou Bensouda announced the names of countries under the Court’s investigation.

“Zambia remains committed to upholding and defending the principles and values enshrined in the Rome Statute as well as preserving its integrity. Zambia also upholds the fight of the ICC, intended to put an end to impunity of perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to international law and the international community as a while and thus commits to contribute to the preservation of such crimes,” Lubinda stated.

“Mr President, as you may be aware, the African Union at its Ordinary session through decision EX.CL/1006(XXX) called for the mass withdrawal of African states from the Rome Statute. It was however left to the individual member states to decide whether to remain or to pull out of the ICC.”

Lubinda said that Zambia had voted to remain a member of the ICC despite other African countries calling for a mass withdrawal.

“The President of Zambia Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu being a Democrat and running a democratic government put the question whether to remain a member state of the Rome Statute or not to the public debate. We therefore conducted a consultative process in 2017 to ascertain the views of the populace on whether or not Zambia should remain party to the Rome Statute,” he stated.

“Mr President, I have the pleasure of announcing to this assembly of states parties that the citizenry of Zambia voted to remain party to the Rome Statute. With the reaffirmation of the population, the government of Zambia is fully committed to unreservedly cooperate with the ICC.”

The Assembly of States Parties – ASP is the management oversight and legislative body of the International Criminal Court, which is composed of representatives of the States that have ratified and acceded to the Rome Statute.

The ASP meets in full plenary once a year to discuss and decide upon matters key to the future functioning of the ICC.

 

4 Comments

  1. Mukwasu

    Ha ha ha ha, President of Zambia Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu being a Democrat and running a democratic government

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  2. Chief Mumbo

    Mr Lungu don’t think like Zambia is China were every one is afraid and don’t feel scared 😓 because 2021 near.It now three times when we hear your small tone voice of saying that Zambia is going to waist money election in 2021.Why all these years election are three and fair and you think your dreams will come through.Hope you have read my words properly leave the nation along.Do you know a Rat how it’s jump when he is scared of foot of human being this is how you have started to jump.The nation is happy because the election is near hope 2020 for peace campaign and coming soon 2021.may the nation sleep well.
    Ubomba Mwibala Alia mwibala bat not ukupwishsha kumo nenbuto.
    Remember your starchy Don’t steal mwibala 🙏.

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  3. Dehumanised Diplomat

    We lodged complaints go all global law enforcement agencies, including the UN! AU and ICC regarding Zambia’s abuse if the judicial process and state machinery in dehumanising us,mand we are pushing for an ExtraOdinary Chamber to criminally prosecute the perpetrators. ICC Is aware of that, and it responded to us, and advised us of its limited jurisdiction to handle the Zambian cases.. We are waiting to hear as to where the ExtraOrdinary Chamber will be convened. Perpetrators should nit think that they are getting away with impunity.

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  4. Mac Rooney

    Don’t chit us, in kaonde proverb we say “samba kunbaji wanama”.what of the story of hh so called treason.

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