ICC orders investigation of war crimes in Burundi

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BUJUMBURA – The International Criminal Court has authorized the Court’s prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes committed by government between 2015 and 2017 against the opposition.

According to the statement issued by the court on Thursday, the ICC still retains jurisdiction over the situation even though Burundi’s withdrawal from the ICC Rome Statute came into effect on 27 October 2017.

“The decision of the ICC is a relief for the victims and a real beginning of the end of impunity in Burundi,” said Lambert Nigarura, president of the Burundi Coalition for the ICC, “From now on, the authors, co-authors and accomplices of the crimes must understand that the games are over, they will no longer be able to amuse themselves while committing crimes on the civil population without fear of justice.”

Jelena Pia-Comella, the deputy executive director of the Coalition for the ICC said the court was responding to a crisis that has seen thousands killed or disappeared and up to 500,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries, creating further instability in a region that is still emerging from the horrors of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

 “The Coalition for the ICC welcomes today’s announcement by the ICC of the opening of an investigation into alleged grave crimes in Burundi – it offers victims inside and outside the country a chance for justice and redress, including for victims of alleged sexual and gender-based crimes,” he said.

The Hague-based court says widespread and systemic patterns of violations were allegedly conducted by state security forces against civilians opposed to President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office.

The crimes, according to ICC, have been widely documented by United Nations investigators and civil society organizations, “who themselves have been subject to severe repression”.

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  1. Subject: “ICC orders investigation of war crimes in Burundi” Nov 11, 2017

    Commentary, 11 Nov 2017
    “ICC orders investigation… ” It is another international organization in a pool of about seventy or hundred (70 or 100!!!) UN organizations scattered around the Globe. The system is a perfect source of employment for the well-developed countries; a good pool of highly paid citizens, traveling around the Globe for meetings, after meetings, and after meetings without a single cost to themselves. It is apPerfect sightseeing tour. They got it made!

    How about the criminals being investigated? Perhaps one or maximum two will be found guilty after years, and years, and years …… of sight seeing travels by the tribunal court. And what will be the penalty upon the ‘guilty’ individual? That judgment too will take years and years of tranquility.

    How about the victimized ordinary people of the accused country [in this case, Burundi]? There will not be an “iota” of change to their way of Life — actually it is not a Life but a miserable existence. Any sympathy from the highly-paid international employees, hired to investigate the crime, is simply “crocodile tears”. The poor people will keep on being poor and searching for ‘crumbs of bread’ and, if very lucky, to have a naked space just for a peaceful night without practical assurance for tomorrow. Africa is a perfect example and play ground for developed countries — with disdain too to the African Race.

    What do the African Intellectuals do in this case ? They join the international looting, unbelievable as it may seem; and the rest, who did not make it to the international looting, will lead a sustainable living, always hoping they will strike something, somewhere, somehow…….. THE END

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