News broke last night that the South African government had decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The announcement sent shock waves through the international law and human rights worlds. Burundi's government had already announced its own intention to depart the ICC, but the South African move is much more significant.
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released a detailed argument that International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should seek a full investigation of the situation in Palestine. The prosecutor began a preliminary examination of the situation in January 2015, and HRW is clearly concerned that Palestine may be headed into that category of long-running and inconclusive preliminary examinations that includes Afghanistan, Colombia, and (until recently) Georgia.