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South Africa begins process to exit International Criminal Court

South Africa has begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court by notifying the United Nations on Thursday that it intended to revoke its ratification of the Rome Statute, which established the court, as a result of the court’s perceived biases against African nations. However, without parliamentary approval, it’s unclear if the government has the authority to unilaterally withdraw.

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng, after Icasa ruling: ‘We are not going to change anything’

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) on Monday ordered the SABC to scrap its policy on violent protests, but, typically, the public broadcaster remains committed to its controversial position and will challenge the ruling in court. The ANC is trying to intervene, but will only announce its latest position in a media briefing on Tuesday.

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Burundi’s TRC officially launched: but will victims participate?

On 4 March 2016, in Kayanza in the country’s north, Burundi’s President officially launched the operational phase of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its popular awareness-raising campaign. In a policy brief, Impunity watch present a selection of the findings from a research project conducted within five communities in Burundi, seeking to understand how victims envisage engaging with the process.

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Former UN Aids envoy: Sometimes even urinal graffiti makes more sense than Mbeki

The Canadian activist and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/Aids in Africa, Stephen Lewis, delivered a stinging rebuke of Thabo Mbeki’s latest defence of his HIV/Aids policy, saying there may a case to charge Mbeki at the International Criminal Court.

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I am an African, and the ICC is still not targeting me; what about you?

Somebody go tell these our rulers on the African continent that they are not even funny anymore.

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Op-Ed: How Africa can fix the International Criminal Court

The ruling African National Congress’s demand that the South African government should pull out of the International Criminal Court is defeatist, naïve and reactionary. African states have largely themselves to blame for the fact that the continent has been singled out by the court, and rather than withdraw they should use their political muscle to ensure that prosecutions are brought against non-African leaders too. continue reading »

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