Our nation should take a leadership role in support of the
International Criminal Court. A total of 60 ratifications are
needed for the ICC Statute to come into force. I urge our government
to ratify the ICC Statute as soon as possible to ensure that
the Court becomes operational by the new millennium.
Our country should encourage other states to ratify the ICC
Statute and support the new Court. The world needs an independent,
effective, and fair court to end impunity for the most egregious
crimes known to mankind.
There are three specific actions that our government should
- Ratify the ICC Treaty now.
- Adopt necessary legislation to implement the ICC Statute
- Participate in further preparatory work on the ICC's Rules
of Procedure and Evidence, and endure that the Court has the
resources to carry out its important mission.