Civil society to oppose executive attempt to withdraw from Rome Statute
African and international civil society group will strongly oppose any withdrawal by South Africa from the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court (ICC) to protect decades of democracy, justice, and human and victims’ rights advances in the country, the Coalition for the ICC said today.
A protester holds his hands up in front of soldiers during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, May 19.
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“This vote is a terrible setback to a country that is facing a serious violent and political crisis.” Lambert Nigarura, chairman, Burundi national coalition for the ICC. © CICC
Last week’s vote in the Burundi parliament to begin the process of becoming the first country to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has prompted international outcry and fears of deepening of the country’s serious violent and political crisis. The ICC prosecutor’s examination of the commission of alleged grave crimes since an electoral crisis earlier this year remains unaffected however.
Accountability for grave crimes critical to preventing further escalation of post-election violence, says civil society.
Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein is a PhD student in international criminal law at Tilburg University, and founder of the Iranian Center for the International Criminal Law. In this post he talks about the importance of translating the work of the ICC into a language that people best understand in increasing the public understanding and popularity of the Court.