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Burundi Withdraws From the ICC

Burundi voted today to withdraw from the ICC in a vote of 94 out of the 110 members.  They probably voted for this because of the investigations that the ICC has already started on the crimes that Burundi have possibly committed. “According to the UN, at least 564 people have been killed and more than 300,000 have fled the country, most of them to refugee camps in neighbouring Rwanda and Tanzania.” People are now worried that this may lead to the victims not getting the justice they deserve. It was already hard enough before. Burundi had already declared three UN officers unwelcome in Burundi. The ICC will now have a harder time on their investigation.

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3 responses to “Burundi Withdraws From the ICC

  1. coop4ol October 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Although it is going to be harder for the ICC to investigate, this should not stop the ICC from making this investigation a top priority. It is clear that there is something wrong going on because as soon as the ICC chose to investigate, Burundi decided to leave. The president of Pierre Nkurunziza is most likely the one responsible for all of the bad things going on in his country. I feel this way because the president of Burundi is only allowed to run for two terms which Nkurunziza did not follow. He finished his two terms and created a new law that allowed him to run again for a third term. It is clear that he is more of a dictator than a president and I believe that he is abusing his powers and creating chaos in his country. The ICC needs to investigate this and stop Nkurunziza’s tyranny over the country.

  2. laurherv October 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Burundi withdrawing from the ICC marks a major milestone for international justice. They are the first nation to remove its membership with the ICC, due to the investigation being brought by the court on the Burundi government. The parliament voted today to withdraw from the ICC with an overwhelming majority of 94 voting in favor of withdrawal out of 110 members. The government of Burundi is currently being investigated for crimes against humanity including torture, forced disappearances, and acts of sexual violence. These crimes began with the announcement of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s intention to seek a third term in office, which he recently succeed at maintaining. It is my belief that although Burundi has withdrawn from the ICC, the investigation into its crimes should continue due to the fact that the ICC had jurisdiction there when the crimes were committed and it is clearly apparent that they are in need of some justice and punishment for leaders abusing their power. If they don’t proceed with investigations, a message may be sent around the world that any country under investigation should simply withdraw and end the investigation, thus taking away the credibility and effectiveness of the ICC. Burundi withdrawing from the ICC will only lead to more crime and unrest in the country with no justice for victims.

  3. Alana Tiemessen October 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Here’s a great article from the NYT’s Jeffrey Gettlemen on the significance of Burundi’s potential exist from the ICC: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/world/africa/burundi-moves-to-quit-international-criminal-court-raising-fears-of-an-exodus.html

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