International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence calls on African States to back ICC

Sonke Gender Justice joins Nobel laureates and women’s rights campaigners
to call on African leaders to support the International Criminal Court

Johannesburg, October 11 – In a letter released yesterday, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict—including 7 Nobel peace laureates—called on members of the African Union (AU) to back the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a critical tool for combating rape and other forms of gender violence. African leaders are gathering in Addis Ababa, today and tomorrow for an extraordinary summit of the AU. It is expected that member states will consider a proposal for a united pullout from the ICC and the treaty that created it, the Rome Statute.

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