#GlobalJustice Weekly – Fear and outcry as Burundi votes to leave ICC | First ICC victims’ reparations on the way

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. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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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The latest in Global Justice news: Burundian national assembly votes to withdraw from Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC); plan for victims reparations against convicted war criminal Thomas Lubanga near completion; ICC to hold first judgment over alleged witness interference’s in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba; Amnesty International urges chemical weapons investigation into Darfur; UN Refugee Agency condemns violence against civilians by rival militias in Central African Republic; calls for prosecuting war crimes in Syria increase; and much more.

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Reaction: Burundi votes to leave the ICC

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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.

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Burundi on regressive path following ICC withdrawal vote

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Accountability for grave crimes critical to preventing further escalation of post-election violence, says civil society.

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Iranian Center for International Criminal Law: Translating the ICC into Persian

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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.

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Why the ICC Should Reconsider its Decision on In Situ Proceedings in Uganda

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In this post from the International Justice Monitor, Linor Owor Ogora says that the potential for justice close to victims and increasing the popularity of the ICC means that it should reconsider its rejection of in situ hearings in Uganda in the trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen.

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