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The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba on war crimes charges puts the ICC in even deeper crisis. EPA/Michael Kooren

Can a regional court be a viable alternative to the ICC in Africa?

An African court with international criminal jurisdiction which has been debated but never been put into operation could be an option if Africa withdraws from the ICC.
A sign at a candlelit vigil tells the story of a country sliding further into authoritarianism. DAI KUROKAWA/EPA

Democracy in peril: Burundi’s referendum will cement Nkurunziza’s grip on power

If the referendum goes President Pierre Nkrunziza's way, it will also be a further blow to ordinary Burundians, who live in a state of hardship and adversity.
Anthropologist Georges Balandier in October 2003 in the gardens of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Eric Feferberg/AFP

Colonialism, power and culture: why reading French anthropologist Georges Balandier is crucial today

As early as 1953, Balandier demonstrated how the struggle against colonialism was associated with an inverted vision of the world.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”. Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Africa faces a new threat to democracy: the ‘constitutional coup’

Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.
A protestor uses grass to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Burundi edges closer to the abyss in 2016

The prospects for reconciliation are bleak. Formal gestures by the government to nudge the opposition parties to join an intra-Burundi dialogue have consistently failed.
Uhuru Kenyatta, then Kenya’s Finance Minister (rear) appears at the International Criminal Court in 2011. Kenyatta, now President and off the hook, is weighing his country’s options. Reuters/Bas Czerwinski

What’s at stake as Kenya weighs withdrawal from the ICC

It is a question of when, not whether, Kenya will pull out of the ICC. But it is also clear that there is some incentive for Nairobi not to withdraw immediately
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre being escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2016 by judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes against humanity, rape, sexual slavery. EPA/Stringer

Beyond the ICC crisis: is there an alternative path for Africa?

There are fears that the withdrawal of countries from the ICC would mark the end of international criminal justice in Africa. This need not be the case.
Presidents Jacob Zuma and Uhuru Kenyatta. Their countries are at the forefront of efforts to have Africa leave the ICC. GCIS

Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays the world and its own history

Ironically the campaign to withdraw from the ICC was mainly initiated by the very same governments and heads of state that had earlier referred cases to the ICC when it suited their own interests.
South Africa’s planned withdrawal from the ICC is considered a detraction from Nelson Mandela’s “inspiring legacy”. Jim Bourg/Reuters

Why South Africa’s withdrawal is not a death-knell for the ICC

The ICC has made important advances by investigating cases outside Africa and completing ones that further define what is not allowed in war. South Africa’s withdrawal is concerning, but not fatal.

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