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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Violence in Burundi

Violence in Burundi: The Burundian population needs a body or an organization to investigate crimes against the people but the ICC is too corrupt to undertake such task

Burundi on Friday became the first nation ever to leave the international criminal court, set up 15 years ago to prosecute those behind the world’s worst atrocities.

The government on Friday hailed it a “historic” day and called on people to demonstrate across the country on Saturday in celebration.

An ICC spokesperson said: “Burundi’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute will take effect on Friday, 27 October 2017,”

The move comes a year to the day after Bujumbura officially notified the United Nations that it was quitting the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal.

“The ICC has shown itself to be a political instrument and weapon used by the west to enslave” other states, said presidential office spokesman Willy Nyamitwe. “This is a great victory for Burundi because it has defended its sovereignty and national pride.”

But activists mourned what was seen as a major blow to international justice. “The decision to withdraw Burundi from the Rome Statute comes at a time when the machine continues to kill with impunity in Burundi,” said Lambert Nigarura, the president of the Burundi Coalition for the ICC.

“Today, Burundian justice, as it is so called, has lost contact with life. It has become a mere tool of repression of any dissenting voice,” he added in a statement.

However, ICC officials said a preliminary investigation launched by the prosecutor in April 2016 into possible crimes against humanity in the central African nation would continue. “Burundi’s withdrawal does not affect the jurisdiction of the court with respect to crimes alleged to have been committed during the time it was a state party, namely up until 27 October 2017,” the spokesperson said.

The initial investigation was started by ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda following reports of “killing, imprisonment, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as cases of enforced disappearances”.

The reports came amid a violent political crisis triggered when President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term in office, winning elections in July 2015 that were boycotted by the opposition.

UN investigators last month urged the ICC to move forward and open a full-scale investigation saying they had reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in “a systematic attack against the civilian population”.

Overall, the violence in Burundi has claimed between 500 and 2,000 lives, according to differing tolls provided by the UN or NGOs, and more than 400,000 Burundians have fled abroad.

Set up in 2002, the ICC based in the Hague has often come under fire from some countries who claim it is unfairly targeting African nations.

The ICC now has 123 member states who have ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the guidelines which underpin the work of the tribunal.

But Burundi’s snub triggered a wave of copy-cat moves from other African countries. South Africa and Gambia said they would both follow suit but later reversed their decisions. And Kenya and Uganda have also threatened to leave, but not acted on it yet.

Zambia meanwhile has held public consultations, with an overwhelming 93% of those who participated opting to stay within the court.

Source: The Guardian. UK


The name of the criminal court in The Hague, Holland, is International Criminal Court but its name doesn't reflect much on politicians violating human rights and committing crimes in Europe and the United States of America.

They have made it an 'African thing' and therefore, targets African leaders. Examples are Charles Taylor, former Liberian leader, and Hissene Habré, former Chadian leader. American and European leaders only sit and watch their countries oppress and cheat the poor Africans because they think that Africans deserve it.

There is no continent in the world which has suffered brutalism, persecution, and criminal activities more than Africa. Slavery, Apartheid, Colonial aggression, medical crimes, are some of the grim terror lashed against Africa but no one faces the ICC for such crimes.

Where are George W. Bush and Tony Blair for committing a serious crime against the Iraqis without seeing any weapons of mass destruction? Where are those responsible for HIV-Aids and Ebola in Africa? Today, they are all enjoying impunity.

Do European and American leaders think African leaders are stupid because they are corrupt? If so, then they are also stupid without conscience because there is also corruption in Europe and America. They don't like to use the word 'corruption,' instead, they use 'misappropriation of funds' but all are the same.

The UN has accused Burundi's government of severe human rights violations but the crime the United Nations has committed globally, including Haiti, can't be compared to what has taken place in Burundi. The United Nations Peacekeepers have committed heinous crimes, including raping women, but no one goes behind bars.

The withdrawal of Burundi shouldn't only inspire all African countries to pull out from the ICC but also to motivate them to build an African Criminal Court to put on trial African leaders that commit crimes against humanity.

African leaders must desist associating themselves with Europe and American leaders. They can do it because they have all the resources which Europe and America don't have.

In Africa, there is a proverb which says "don't bite the fingers that feed you," but Europeans and American treat Africans like house waste despite all the rich minerals they take from the continent. 

If African leaders want to be respected then they should cultivate the character of disassociating themselves from European and American leaders just as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has done. This is the reason they hate him very much but he doesn't care.

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