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Burundi Becomes First Country to Quit International Criminal Court

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.
Burundi Becomes First Country to Quit International Criminal Court Burundi Becomes First Country to Quit International Criminal Court Reviewed by insiya yadav on October 28, 2017 Rating: 5

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