Burundi Withdraws From International Criminal Court

Burundi first country to leave the International Criminal Court

The country notified former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of its intent to leave the court on October 27, 2016, as one of three countries - along with South Africa and The Gambia - to make such moves previous year.

Burundi has become the first nation to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

The ICC is now investigating claims that the Burundian government committed crimes against humanity, including executions and torture following protests by the opposition in 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza pushed for a third term in office. "The decision to withdraw Burundi from the Rome Statute comes at a time when the machine continues to kill with impunity in Burundi", said Lambert Nigarura, president of the Burundi Coalition for the ICC.

Some African nations feel the ICC focuses too much on the continent.

Burundi erupted in protests and violence after Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in 2015.

A United Nations commission of inquiry said last month that crimes against humanity, including killings and sexual violence, were still being committed in Burundi.




Kenya and Uganda had also threatened to quit the ICC with Zambia launching a nationwide consultative process on whether to leave or stay as a member of the court. The commission asked the ICC to open an investigation as soon as possible.

Burundi's ICC withdrawal "marks a serious step backwards which risks further isolating the country within the global community", said a spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Catherine Ray, adding that the EU expects Burundi to continue its cooperation with the court. It came after the country's lawmakers approved a bill on the said withdrawal. South Africa pulled back its move to leave after a High Court ruling in March that such a move would have to go through Parliament.

This is the first time in the Court's history that it will be confronted with one of its member states withdrawing from the Rome Statute with the clear intention of stopping one of the Court's investigations.

Amnesty International, a human rights organization, said the withdrawal "will not derail [the] wheels of justice".

The United States, along with Israel, Sudan and Russian Federation, have not ratified the statute, while other countries such as China and India have not even signed it.

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