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African Leaders Okay Mass Withdrawal from ICC

African leaders have adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Desire Assogbavi, head of Oxfam International’s AU liaison office, confirmed the adoption of the strategy to Associated Press. A source close to the continental body’s legal council also confirmed it, saying countries had been divided on whether to call […]

Burundian Rebels Detained in DRC Face Extradition

About 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face imminent extradition, according to reports. Accused of attempting to carry out armed actions in Burundi, the suspected rebels, currently detained in Uvira, Bukavu and the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, are now facing extradition. They were captured near the two […]

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Burundi reaches agreement with AU over troops in Somalia

Burundi and the African Union reached an agreement on Thursday on payment of Burundian soldiers troops deployed in Somalia as part of the AU mission in the country. Earlier this week, Burundian government has instructed its Foreign and Defense Ministries to start the withdrawal of its troops from the African Union (AU) force fighting militants […]

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AU, US condemn Burundi president’s spokesperson assassination attempt

The United States and African Union on Wednesday condemned the failed assassination attempt on President Nkurunziza’s spokesperson. Mr Nyamitwe escaped the assassination attempt of Monday night but he was wounded. Burundi’s police spokesman Pierre Nkurukiye said the instructions and plan were passed from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to someone within the military. The police disclosed […]

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Burundi seeks successor of UN envoy Jamal Benomar

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday asked the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a new envoy after the government rejected Moroccan diplomat Jamal Benomar. Nkurunziza called on the incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres together with Ban to begin consultations to choose a successor to Benomar. Burundi relations with the UN envoy Benomar […]

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Amnesty Int’l, Freedom House Worried about Gambia’s ICC Exit

Amnesty international and Freedom House on Thursday said Gambia’s decision to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a grave cause for worry. The Gambia has announced on Wednesday its withdrawal from the Hague-based international criminal court, accusing the tribunal of the “persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans.” According to Amnesty International […]

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ICC President Calls Burundi, SA to Rethink ‘Exit Plan’

The president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Sidiki Kaba on Monday, regretted the withdrawal of State parties from the Statute and reaffirms the Court’s fight against impunity. The move comes a week after Burundi and South Africa, both States parties, announced plan to withdraw […]

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UK Disburses US$1.3 mln for Burundi Refugees in Tanzania

The United Kingdom has offered about US$1.3 million contribution to help avoid cutting rations destined for refugees in Tanzania. The move comes as the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) planned to cut rations for nearly a quarter of a million refugees in the country. According to Vel Gnanendran, Head of the UK’s Department for […]

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Burundi Officially Pulls out from Rome Statute

Burundi president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has officially signed a law on Tuesday withdrawing his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). By signing the document, Burundi becomes the first country in the world to pull out of the Rome Statute. The document was co-signed by Aimee Laurentine Kanyana, the Minister of Justice, the presidency said in […]

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Burundi: MPs Vote to Quit International Criminal Court

The Burundian parliament on Wednesday voted yes to the decision by the government to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ninety-four Members of Parliament voted in favor of the withdrawal, two voted against while 14 others abstained. The bill needs approval from Burundi’s senate before President Pierre Nkurunziza can sign it into law. The government […]

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