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ICC Note: South Africa is considering leaving the International Criminal Court amidst internal disagreements within the government about its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg two weeks ago.  Although this measure remains a “last resort,” according to South African officials, its current membership is under review in the wake Bashir’s recent visit where a South African judge has accused the government of violating international law.  Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, including genocide against black Christians in Darfur. 

6/25/15, South Africa (BBC) – South Africa has said it might leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a row over the court’s attempt to have Sudan’s president arrested there.

Omar al-Bashir was allowed to attend an African Union summit in South Africa despite being wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes.

After a cabinet meeting, the government said it would review membership “for a number of reasons”.

But it stressed it took its international obligations “seriously”.

A South African court had ordered Mr Bashir to stay in the country while it ruled whether he could be arrested. The government said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Mr Bashir denies allegations committed atrocities in Sudan’s troubled western Darfur region.

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