International Criminal Court Unfair Towards African Nations Vis A Vis Western Nations? Essay

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Is the International Criminal Court unfair towards African Nations vis-à-vis Western Nations?

On October 12, 2016, the parliament of Burundi, a country located in the Eastern part of Africa voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a vote of 94 to 2. Weeks earlier, Gambia and South Africa announced their intention to withdraw from the ICC, and this wave of action by these three African nations has paved the way for other African nations to reassess if they wanted to still be part of the ICC. Since its establishment in 1998, the ICC has tried “criminals of war” mainly from African members-states. This treatment has raised a lot of concerns within African nations, and they are expressing themselves about the unfair treatments and bias towards them from the International Criminal Court by threatening to leave this longtime praised establishment..
Created on July 17, 1998 in Rome, Italy, after more than 120 nations voted in favor of the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court is an independent court that tries individuals or groups for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, and could open investigations when referred to by the United Nations Security Council. In order to veto or approve of its policies or resolutions, nations need to be members, and as of 2016 there are 124 members in the ICC. Not to be confused with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the ICC only deals with war-related issues, whereas the ICJ’s role (The

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