International Criminal Court is Having a Bad Year

Russia has just announced it intends to withdraw from the ICC. Why Russia Just Withdrew from the ICC

The geniuses at the ICC have just now concluded that the annexation of Crimea and the on-going hostilities constitute an “armed conflict” between Russia and Ukraine. (Why can’t diplomats and bureaucrats say “a state of war?”) Russia isn’t happy.

A handful of African states are in the process of withdrawing – it takes a year – over perceptions of bias. Or maybe actual bias.

. In the past two months, Burundi, Gambia, and South Africa all withdrew from the Rome Statute, citing alleged bias against African countries. The ICC currently has 10 ongoing investigations, of which nine are in Africa and one in Georgia. Uganda, Kenya, and Namibia have also signaled they are considering pulling out of the ICC.

Globalization anyone?

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