International institutions need to be fair when carrying out their mandate-Hage Geingob

International institutions need to be fair when carrying out their mandate-Hage Geingob

President Hage Geingob says international institutions such as the International Criminal Court, ICC, need to be fair when carrying out their mandate.
Showing a difference of opinion on the ICC during a meeting with the United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa and Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, Dr Geingob noted that as much as the Court’s functions are important, its approach in handling cases of different leaders should be reviewed.
The Namibian head of state questioned why war crimes in Iraq and Libya where thousands of citizens lost their lives innocently have not emanated in the prosecution of those who perpetrated these gross violation of human rights.
America and Britain led the war in Iraq, while France partnered the Americans in backing Libyan rebels which eventually killed that country’s long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi and Dr Geingob wanted to know why those involved were not tried at the ICC.
The President said Africa has in recent years established processes, systems and institutions that are strong enough to deal with rogue leaders, hence the feeling to shun ICC as the overall prosecution authority for war criminals and human rights abusers.
The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa and the Middle East has a different take on the ICC, which he described as an important international institution.
Tobias Ellwood noted thad the top level scrutiny by the court is protecting global citizens and ensuring accountability.
Ellwood, however admitted that Western countries’ interference in Iraq was unjustified, when pressed on the subject by President Geingob.
But the Namibian leader was not convinced as countries such as the United States which are not ICC members are seen to be dictating to the court on how to carry out its functions.