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South Africa, Burundi Now Outliers on Exit

Gambia’s announcement this week that it would rejoin the International Criminal Court sends a strong message of support for the court and victims of grave international crimes. Along with Burundi – and its soaring human rights violations in the past year…
The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Opposition to Withdrawal by States

The African Union made headlines Tuesday for purportedly agreeing to mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The reality is more complex.
 
 The decision by AU member states welcomes the announced withdrawals by South Africa,…
A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017.
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Adama Barrow Promises to Turn Page on Rights Abuses

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” Sanna told me as he and hundreds of Gambians gathered outside their country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal to celebrate the inauguration today of President Adama Barrow. Barrow took the oath of office at the embassy…
Gambians await the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow outside the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
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Opposition Activists Jailed Ahead of Presidential Election

“We want you to help us.” This was the message a Gambian human rights activist delivered to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at a Gambia-focused panel discussion in Banjul, Gambia’s capital, on Friday.
 
 The African Commission’…
Members of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), including UDP leader Ousainou Darboe, march in Banjul on April 16 to protest the death in custody of opposition activist Solo Sandeng. Gambian security forces beat protestors with batons and arreste