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African Union leaders back mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court

The African Union (AU) leaders are backing a proposal for mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, not all countries support the resolution and countries such as Senegal and Nigeria oppose the proposal. Botswana has previously reiterated its support for the ICC saying the Court fights for the victims of the most severe crimes.

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Russia to quit the International Criminal Court: Could a mass African exodus follow?

It never rains but it pours for the beleaguered International Criminal Court (ICC), with Russia confirming that it will withdraw from the ICC following a directive signed by President Vladimir Putin. Reeling from recent withdrawals by three African counties, the ICC has found itself in a sticky position, as it fights to justify its relevance and impartiality, amidst threats by more countries to quit the Court for its perceived bias. Could the ICC recover from these major setbacks?

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Updated: South Africa begins process of withdrawing from the ICC

In a stunning development, the South African government has formally notified the United Nations (UN) that it plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the earliest possible opportunity. The development comes hot on the heels of Burundi’s decision to start the process of quitting the ICC. Being an early backer of the ICC in Africa, South Africa’s shocking decision could set up a nightmare scenario for The Hague-based court: African countries withdrawing from ICC membership as a block.

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Burundi observes Rwagasore Day

Today Burundi observes Rwagasore Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the anti-colonial struggle, founding leader, and one of Africa’s most respected nationalists, Prince Louis Rwagasore who died today in 1961, aged just 29. We remember Prince Rwagasore, and pay homage to this African hero.

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Bye bye ICC: Burundi’s parliament votes overwhelmingly in favor of ditching Hague court

Burundi just made history. 94 out of 110 lawmakers in the country’s parliament today voted in support of a Bill that will set the court firmly on the course of formally withdrawing from the ICC. The move comes while Burundi is at the centre of international attention for banning UN investigators from entering the country to investigate human rights violations. Do you think Burundi has made the right move?