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Citizens reject move for Zambia to leave ICC

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One of the densely populated markets in Lusaka

Zambians have rejected a decision for the country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The government conducted a consultative nationwide tour to consult citizens on whether to leave or stay in the ICC as mandated by the Africa Union.

The majority population representing a percentage of 91.43% submitted that Zambia should remain member of the ICC.

Only a handful number of about 8.57% submitted that Zambia should withdraw from the ICC.

Hundred and twelve Civil Society Organizations submitted whilst 3, 379 were individual submissions.

The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore only exercise its jurisdiction when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals or when the United Nations Security Council.

The recommendations will now be taken to cabinet before President Lungu informs AU of the country’s position on the matter.

Some African countries are campaigning that they pull out of ICC saying the organisation is just targeting at prosecuting African leaders.

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