ICC: Namibia will stay if U.S. joins, says President

Namibia’s president Hage Geingob

Namibia’s president Hage Geingob says his country would remain a member of the International Criminal Court if the United States joined.

Namibia said in March that it would withdraw from the ICC amid criticism of the court by African nations.

“People are saying that it only targets African leaders. That seems to be true … and that’s a problem,” said Geingob, who was elected as president of Namibia in November 2014.

Whilst parliament still needs to debate Namibia’s withdrawal, Geingob said his feeling was it would go ahead.

“But if you convince the United States to come, we will stay,” he said.

The Namibian president, who is on an official visit to the U.K., said “Africa needs to develop its own processes, systems, courts and institutions…It would help us to be self sufficient. We must build lasting institutions … not something imposed from foreign countries.”

The United States is not currently a participant in the ICC as it has not signed or ratified the Rome Statute, a treaty which serves as the ICC’s governing document.


Reuters/Zainab Sa’id