Burundi : First nation to withdraw from International Criminal Court

Q.  Which African nation became the first to withdraw from the International Criminal Court on 19th Oct?
- Published on 20 Oct 16

a. Libera
b. Guinea
c. Sierra Leone
d. Burundi

ANSWER: Burundi
Burundi : First nation to withdraw from International Criminal CourtThis move underlies the depth of the crisis in the country and comes amidst antipathy in Africa towards the court
  • President Pierre Nkurunzinza who criticised the court signed the decree paving the departure of the east African nation from the court
  • He has been accused of human rights violation
  • His decision comes when ICC was investigating the deaths of several hundred in Burundi following politically motivated violence triggered by the President’s decision to seek a third term as against accords in 2005 which ended a 12 year civil war
  • Other nations in a campaign for all AU members to leave the court are Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya
  • The Republic of Burundi in east Africa is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania in the east and south and DRC to the west. Its capital is Bujumbura.

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