International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Burundi withdrawing from ICC


Since April of 2015 Burundi has been a place of violence and injustice. This all started due to the announcement of president Nkurunziza when he announce that he was going to run for a third term in office. He won  the election and many citizens felt this was not right because he was only supposed to be allowed to run for two terms in office. People have been getting killed, and thousands of people have been fleeing the country. The ICC has recently decided to do more investigation involving Burundi. Six months after the decision to investigate was made, Burundi decided to withdraw from the court. The UN wanted to establish a commission of inquiry which would make the perpetrators who committed these killings responsible for there actions. On this past Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Burundi declined this commission and claimed that it would be a “one sided account of the events.” I believe that this is a huge red flag, and the UN should investigate further into these events because it is clear something is not right within the nation of Burundi.


One response to “Burundi withdrawing from ICC

  1. ellesnyder October 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Re: Burundi withdrawing from ICC

    As you noted, a law has been drafted and would be proposed to the national assembly for adoption requesting the official withdrawal of Burundi from the ICC. Vice President Gaston Sindimwo affirmed his confidence in the country’s ability to withstand any potential backlash from the international community regarding this recent decision. It is unclear what kind of support this proposal would have within Burundi as of yet. Other African leaders have previously contended that the ICC unfairly targets countries in Africa while disregarding crimes committed by members of the UN Security Council in particular and have threatened the creation of a new body designed particularly for dealing with cases within the African continent. Calls by the African Union to withdraw from the ICC have been growing since January of this year. The AU proposes three alterations to the way the ICC deals with African countries as a requirement for all AU nations remaining in the ICC. They insist that there be:
    Immunity under the ICC’s Rome Statute for sitting heads of state and heads of government and senior government officials; Intervention of the ICC in cases involving African states only after those cases have been submitted to the AU or AU judicial institutions; and Reduction in the powers of the ICC prosecutor (HRW, 2016).
    The Human Rights Watch argues that many of these conditions go against provisions against impunity specifically outlined in Article 4 of the African Union’s Constitutive Act. The likelihood that such a complete succession from the ICC occurs appears low. There has been a push back against these calls by certain citizens and activists within the AU. See for the arguments by activists against withdrawing from the ICC.


%d bloggers like this: