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South Africa and Burundi pull out of ICC

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The governments of South Africa and Burundi have announced that they are pulling out of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), making the countries the first to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world’s worst atrocities.

South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute to the United Nations in New York on Thursday. This is the formal beginning of a year-long process to complete withdrawal.  Burundian diplomats had earlier this week withdrawn from the UN recognized court.

In the notice, South Africa outlined the court’s perceived biases against African states, and highlighted the dilemma it faced when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – wanted for war crimes by the ICC – attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg last year.

At the time, the South African government argued diplomatic conventions around immunity for heads of state trumped its legal obligation to arrest Bashir.

That argument has been challenged by civil society organisations, and is due to be heard in the South African Constitutional Court in November.

Burundi appeared set to become first state to withdraw from the Rome statute, the 1998 treaty establishing the global court, after its parliament voted last week to leave. The president, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed a decree on Tuesday, but the UN has not yet been officially notified.

Burundi’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, a move no other country has taken despite complaints from Africa that the court disproportionately targets the continent.

Only two lawmakers voted in favour of staying under the jurisdiction of the Dutch-based ICC, while 94 voted against and 14 abstained.

Several African countries have expressed concern that the focus of the Hague-based court has been on Africa rather than elsewhere in the world.

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15 Responses to South Africa and Burundi pull out of ICC

  1. That is because African judicial systems are compromised. Look at Zambia where the entire system is bribed to make one person president even when he did not win.

    True Zambian
    October 22, 2016 at 10:20 am
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  2. He will also be arrested coz oe hs selfishness shit & idiot kakkolwe 2gether wth kanitundila (RB) foolish old man wth cifundo 4 de suffering masses of zambians

    Zambian National
    October 22, 2016 at 10:40 am
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  3. Tel them

    zonda izalema
    October 22, 2016 at 10:46 am
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  4. What a shame on south africa.LUNGU may just do the same.Africa will never develop in terms of human rights.

    phote
    October 22, 2016 at 11:32 am
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  6. Yeah,its time Africans formed their own I.C.C to bring to book,those who enslaved us,destroyed our kingdoms,stole our best assests at the time(human resource]to build their countries & kingdoms,then turn around and call us primitive brutes,then start to civilise us!When you got our best architects,the best manpower,and resources,yet you still want to control us!Whats wrong with us Africans is that we’ve been brainwashed too long!wake up imwe,bambi were running around naked when the great pyramids were being built,when the ancient trading centres like Timbuktu existed,the cities of great Zimbabwe..etc..salapukeni imwe twapapata,Lesa alimipalamikila fyonse,mpaka fye akabike mumaboko mwa? Lwenu!

    manluche
    October 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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  7. Imwe bantu,were the weapons of mass destruction ever found in Iraq,to warrant ripping and tearing that country to pieces?what happened in Libya? Try indicting Tony Blair naka George.W. `Mpanga’,then we’ll believe in the ICC.otherwise kuwayawaya fye!

    manluche
    October 23, 2016 at 5:32 am
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  8. Do you think we have what it takes to develope coz even a kantemba Zambia we failing to manage it.I for one believe they never came to steal our best assets but open our thick blind eyes look at what is happening today total greediness at it’s worst.if I may ask what is there to to show we Can do better? Doti cabe in our countries tells alot

    ka grade 6 term 2
    October 23, 2016 at 5:40 am
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  9. Opps! sorry..All races are equal..but some are more equal than others! Twachilabako..tefintu!

    manluche
    October 23, 2016 at 5:42 am
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  10. Coz doti is a sign of failure

    ka grade 6 term 2
    October 23, 2016 at 5:44 am
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    • Yes toxic doti deposited in your `black’mind,leading you to despise,and look down on yourself as inferior and everything `white’as superior,it will take another 200-300 years to develop because of blokes like you,who don’t know where they’re coming from & where they’re going… Chifundo..

      manluche
      October 23, 2016 at 6:21 am
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  11. @ka grade 6 term 2,its what ive said brainwashing,leading 2 mental slavery,after 300 years of shuving it down your throat you’ll believe the hype!

    manluche
    October 23, 2016 at 5:58 am
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  12. Amanluch,answer my guestion

    ka grade 6 term 2
    October 23, 2016 at 6:58 am
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  13. Stop pointing fingers boss.we blessed iin different ways but one people

    ka grade 6 term 2
    October 23, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    • Correct,we are one people,but differently endowed and gifted by our creator,look at the Yellows{chon-cholee’s}not too long ago they were looked down upon,but today they’re leading in most spheres,in a couple o years they’re sending a manned spacecraft to possibly land on the moon and explore!A feat only accomplished by your muzungu Yankies way back in
      1969…see ,what hardwork,resilience and believing in yourself can do?It starts with you,You too will achieve greatness my black bro..In 1963 the great Martin Luther King delivered that wonderful oratory `i have a dream speech’ today we have Obama,a blackman in the Whitehouse..time,bro,time…Ours is also coming,maybe not in your lifetime,but as sure as the sun never fails to rise from the east every morning from the beginning of creation,we will get there!…i rest my case.

      manluche
      October 23, 2016 at 11:11 am
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