African Union President and Mauritanian President Mohammad Ould Abdel-Aziz talking during a press conference on the second day of the 4th EU-Africa summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels April 3, 2014. (AFP Photo/John Thys)
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The African Union said Friday that it has approved a draft decision to grant leaders immunity in the continental court, a move criticized by rights groups accusing the bloc of promoting impunity.Nmehielle said that all member states agreed unanimously to grant immunity to sitting heads of state at the African Court on Human and Peoples' Right, which is not expected to be operational for several years.Nmehielle said that the AU is committed to justice, but that it has the right to its own regional court, and said that the ICC should not focus on African leaders in its pursuit for punishment.
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