African countries withdraw from International Criminal Court
“Burundi, South Africa to Withdraw from International Criminal Court” published October 25, 2016 by International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
“Both Burundi and South Africa announced in the last two weeks that they intend to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On October 12, 2016, 94 of 110 parliamentary members in Burundi voted in support of retracting Burundi’s membership as a State party to the ICC’s treaty, the Rome Statute. [ICC Press Release] On October 18, 2016, the president of Burundi signed legislation withdrawing the country from the ICC. [NY Times: Vote] Three days later, South Africa announced its plans to withdraw from the ICC; the country sent an official notice to the United Nations earlier in the week. [Washington Post] Withdrawal takes effect a year after official notice is provided to the UN Secretary General. [NY Times: Vote] Although others have threatened to withdraw from the ICC, Burundi and South Africa will be the first countries to do so. [NY Times: Vote]” Read the full article here.
Reproductive Justice student group re-launches
If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (previously Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is re-launching its UW chapter. This student organization is dedicated to education and activism surrounding women’s access to comprehensive health care, including the right to make reproductive choices free from violence and coercion. Keep an eye out for information about the upcoming general meeting. Or, for more information or to get involved, please email Sarah Aitchison at email@example.com.