With­draw­ing From ICC

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The United Na­tions con­firmed in Oc­to­ber it had re­ceived a no­tice from the gov­ern­ment of South Africa on its with­drawal from the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC), mak­ing South Africa the sec­ond African coun­try to quit the Rome Statute, the treaty that es­tab­lished the in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal. South Africa is hin­dered by the Rome Statute un­der which the ICC was es­tab­lished, South African Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Michael Ma­sutha said, adding that the Rome Statute com­pels his coun­try to ar­rest peo­ple who may en­joy diplo­matic im­mu­nity but who are wanted by the ICC. A writ­ten no­tice has been sub­mit­ted to UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon, and the with­drawal will take ef­fect one year af­ter the sec­re­tary gen­eral receives no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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