South Africa – Announcement of the decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (October 24, 2016)


The South African authorities have announced their intention to start the process to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

Together with its European partners, France expresses its concern and its regret at this decision. Indeed, the fight against impunity is key to making reconciliation and lasting peace possible.

We urge South Africa, which is one of the founding states of the International Criminal Court and which plays an exemplary role in defending human rights, to reconsider its decision.

We strongly encourage it to engage in a constructive dialogue on the functioning of the court and the international criminal justice system in order to explore ways to take its concerns into account.