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Burundi Becomes First Country to Quit International Criminal Court

Published on October 28, 2017
Burundi has become the first country to leave the International Criminal Court.

  • The decision is taken a year after Burundi notified the United Nations secretary-general of its intention to leave the court that prosecutes the world’s worst atrocities.
  • Burundi is the only one of three African nations to go ahead with withdrawal.'
  • Burundi is small African country where ICC prosecutors are investigating alleged human rights violations
  • The Burundian government claims that the ICC is used by powerful Western countries as an instrument to punish leaders who are not compliant.
  • International Criminal Court started a preliminary investigation of events in Burundi that focused on acts of killing, imprisonment, torture, and sexual violence that have been allegedly committed there since April 2015.

About ICC

  • The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands. 
  • The ICC has the authority to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes
  •  The ICC began functioning on 1 July 2002 when Rome Statute entered into force. 
  • The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty which serves as the ICC's foundational and governing document.
  • The ICC has four principal organs: the Presidency, the Judicial Divisions, the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Registry.
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