World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Statement On 10th Anniversary Of The Rome Statute

Statement by the UK Foreign Secretary on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute

"July 17th 1998 was an historic day for international justice, when the international community adopted the Rome Statute and made a commitment to fight impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In the 10 years since its adoption, we have seen the International Criminal Court begin to establish itself as a central pillar of international justice.

"The United Kingdom played a leading role in the drafting of the original statute, and was amongst the first countries to ratify after we had incorporated the statute in to UK domestic law. Since July 2002, when the statute came into force and the International Criminal Court was established, we have been one of the most committed supporters of the ICC, both financially and practically as demonstrated through the conclusion of both sentence enforcement and witness relocation agreements with the court. Today's anniversary is a further opportunity to underline our continued commitment to the Court and the global fight against impunity.

"This week Surinam became the 107th country to ratify the statute. I urge those remaining countries that have not yet done so to take whatever measures are necessary to ratify the statute. And to ensure the universality of ICC crimes, I call on those countries that have already ratified to implement the Rome Statute into their domestic law."

COI ref 163643P


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>