Sunday, October 23, 2016

South Africa Wants to Withdraw From the Int'l Criminal Court

South Africa is going to submit a bill to parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. This decision follows a dispute from last year when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity (genocide in Darfur) visited the country.  AL-Bashir was allowed to leave the country even though local courts ordered his prevention from leaving because of the international order for his arrest. South Africa is the second country to leave the ICC, following Burundi after they had a bitter dispute over human rights in their country. Some have argued that the ICC has unfairly targeted Africa, however many of recent genocides and major human rights violations have occurred in this area.

Alex Khatcherian

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