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ICC exit: Top US diplomat under fire for accusing Burundi of 'official impunity'

ICC exit: Top US diplomat under fire for accusing Burundi of 'official impunity'

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Burundians have been responding to the United States (US) envoy to the United Nations (UN), for accusing their government of ‘attachment to impunity.’

Burundi’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Albert Shingiro, had tweeted a picture of the foreign affairs minister presenting the country’s exit resolution from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the Chief of staff of the UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN responded to the tweet saying, ‘‘Burundian government makes official its deep attachment to impunity.’‘

Afterwards the Burundian envoy hit back asking Power whether other countries that were not party to the ICC statutes could also be accused of promoting impunity. Several other people joined to lambaste the UN diplomat.

Burundi said on Wednesday that it had officially notified the United Nations (UN) of its decision to quit the ICC. They are the second African country behind South Africa to present their withdrawal notice to the UN.

Gambia have also hinted of plans to leave the Hague based court accusing it of being biased towards Africans. Incidentally the current chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, was a former justice minister of the Gambia.

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