After announcing its intention to withdraw last year, Burundi has become the first nation ever to leave the international criminal court ICC.
Its withdrawal last week Friday was hailed by the government as a “historic” day. The withdrawal also comes one month after a scathing UN report that
called for a criminal investigation into extrajudicial killings and other atrocities committed since president Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term in office.
Many African leaders accuse the ICC of being biased against the continent.
Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Gambia and Zimbabwe are among nations at the vanguard of the campaign for all African Union members to leave the ICC.
But Gambia reversed course on its threat after Yahya Jammeh, its president for 22 years, departed following his electoral defeat by Adama Barrow.