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A supporter of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta outside the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct. 8, 2014 (AP photo by Peter Dejong).

An African Exodus From the ICC Shows How the Court Sealed Its Own Fate

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Africa’s long-simmering tensions with the International Criminal Court appear to be boiling over. After years of allegations that the ICC has focused solely on the African continent, while letting abuses in other parts of the world go unpunished, three countries are now preparing to withdraw from the statute authorizing the court. Burundi began the process to leave the court last month, followed in quick succession by South Africa and, last week, Gambia.

More are expected, especially given South Africa’s prominent role as the continent’s second-largest economy and a regional leader. Kenya, Namibia and Uganda have all expressed unease with the ICC in the past. A mass African exodus will be a “hot issue” at an African Union summit in January, according to Uganda’s deputy foreign minister, Oryem Okello. ...

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