Burundi parliament passes the law to withdraw from the International Criminal Court



Members of Burundi National assembly have voted to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday. This comes after the United Nations began an inquiry into the human rights abuses in the East African nation that is currently marred by political violence reports AFP.

94 lawmakers voted in favour of the draft law, two against and 14 abstentions. The draft that was passed in the lower house of the parliament now heads to senate before it is tabled for the approval of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

UN launched high level investigations into the country after reports of crimes against humanity and the risk of genocide.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said that she is conducting a preliminary examination into the violence in the country, with allegations of murder, torture, rape and forces disappearance on the rise.

African nations have recently been expressing discontent with the ICC, claiming that it only targets African states.

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