Zambia: Opposition party leaders uneasy as Hichilema heads to court

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, where he is expected to face treason charges after being accused of blocking a presidential motorcade, according to legal counsel. Hichilema, a prominent businessman and leader in the United Party for National Development (UPND), was arrested Monday night during…

The Gambia announces it is next African country to leave ICC

The western African nation of The Gambia announced on Tuesday that it plans to leave the International Criminal Court, just days after South Africa notified the ICC in The Hague of its own intention to withdraw. In a televised statement, The Gambia’s Minister of Information, Communications and Infrastructure announced the…

Burundi MPs vote to withdraw from ICC

Burundi legislators voted Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute agreement that authorizes and governs it. Burundi becomes the first African nation to vote to leave the ICC, as Kenya, South Africa and other African Union nations also have considered in recent years. The National…

Rights groups renew call to halt AU plans on ICC withdrawal

At least two dozen African human rights groups and international NGOs working alongside them called Thursday for the African Union to end consideration of AU withdrawal – and a mass exodus of African nations – from International Criminal Court authority. The new appeal comes ahead of a Friday AU meeting…

Mali dedicates restored UNESCO mosque at center of ICC case

The restored Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu was unveiled this week in a ceremony attended by about 100 Mali political and religious leaders, the AFP reports. The 15th-century mosque, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, was damaged by jihadists in 2012. UNESCO specialists spent five months this…