Burundi Opts Out Of ICC


Burundi’s parliament voted Wednesday to leave the International Criminal Court, ICC. The vote saw

94 lawmakers in favour of, 14 abstained, and two against, the withdrawal from the ICC.

The bill for country’s withdrawal will have to be approved by Burundi’s upper legislature before being signed by the president. The process of the withdrawal is expected to last a year.

Burundi fell out with the international court because it is being investigated for acts of killing, imprisonment, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as enforced disappearances.

The government retaliated by banning three U.N. investigators from its territory and rejected a U.N. decision to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the violence that greeted the election of President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term in office.

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