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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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EU Renews Sanctions on Burundi until Oct. 2017

The European Union (EU) has renewed its restrictive sanctions against Burundi until the end of October 2017, the bloc’s council said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the council, the latest sanctions “consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the […]

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Human Rights Investigations: UN Slams Five African Countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday slammed five African countries, including Ethiopia, Gambia and Mozambique, for shying away from UN officers requesting to carry out human rights investigations. The High commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein made the comment on Tuesday saying that Congo Republic and Burundi were cooperative with the UN […]

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Burundians Want Presidential Term Limits Abolished

A commission set up by President Pierre Nkurunziza last year to canvas public opinion on the country’s political system, on Wednesday said, most Burundians wanted term limits abolished. The central African nation has been gripped by violence for more than a year, triggered by President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term. Opponents said the […]

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Togo, Israel Poised to Boost Ties

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with visiting Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to discuss cooperation between the two countries. Togo is one of Israel’s strongest friends in western Africa, as evidenced last September when it joined Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi to support Israel at a key vote at the […]

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Burundi: 230 Students Sacked for Doodling President’s Photo

A secondary school in Burundi has sacked 230 students on Tuesday for defacing President Pierre Nkurunziza portrait in their textbooks. Kwizera Guillaume, the provincial director of education in Ruyigi province in Burundi, said the administration has sent home a total of four classes who were sitting an exam. “It is an option we took to […]

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