June 4, 2023

Burundi Quits International Criminal Court

Last week I spoke to the NYT Africa Bureau Chief, the inimitable Jina Moore, about Burundi’s departure from the ICC:

“I think there is an ongoing concern about the court’s ability to work in countries in Africa,” said Rebecca Hamilton, an assistant professor of law at American University who previously worked in the International Criminal Court’s prosecution division.

“When you still have a government in power, we’re seeing how difficult it can be to conduct an investigation,” she added. “Where the court is interested in a rebel group or a group that’s not in power, it’s a different story. But power fights back against justice. That’s the bottom line, and that’s not unique to Africa.”

You can read the full article, including thoughts from Kate Cronin-Furman and Mark Kersten here.

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