Botswana, a European puppet-ICC Watch

The International Criminal Court Watch (ICC Watch) has accused Botswana of behaving like a European puppet and being party to the undermining of Africa's independence from colonial rule.

The report by the ICC Watch says there is growing concern about Botswana's position regarding the attempts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to indict, arrest and extradite Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir with regard to the conflict in Darfur.

The report goes on to say the ICC, established in 2002, has increasingly come to be seen as a European Court."The ICC is overwhelmingly dominated and funded by Germany, Britain, France and Italy, Africa's old colonial masters," the report says.  The report accuses President Ian Khama for being party to decisions fundamentally undermining African independence and re-establishing European domination of African affairs. "Sir Seretse was a leading figure in fighting for and asserting African independence. It comes as a great surprise therefore that his son, a subsequent President of Botswana, Ian Khama, has been party to decisions fundamentally undermining African independence and re-establishing European domination of African affairs", the report reads.

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