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Why Africa Is Turning Its Back on the International Criminal Court

Oct 27, 2016 | 00:18 GMT
On Wednesday, Gambia became the third country, after Burundi and South Africa, to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, highlighting the body's inefficacy and its disproportionate tendency to prosecute African leaders.
On Wednesday, Gambia became the third country, after Burundi and South Africa, to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, highlighting the body's inefficacy and its disproportionate tendency to prosecute African leaders.
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The ICC, which has operated out of The Hague since 2002, is a U.N. body that can prosecute individuals who have committed war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity. Its jurisdiction covers places where recognized governments are unwilling or unable to carry out judicial processes themselves....

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