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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court calls on Togo to join the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the Republic of Togo to take the necessary steps to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). There has been an increase in the numbers of countries that have ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC, especially in Africa. Togo’s ratification of the Rome Statute will further strengthen the African voice at the Court and result in a more robust and meaningful participation in the global struggle to establish a truly fair, effective and independent ICC.

To date, 33 states in Africa have already become states parties to the ICC. In addition, 15 more states have signed the Rome Statute, but have yet to complete the process of ratification.

As a new state party, Togo would consolidate its stature within the continent as a member of those nations that are fully committed to this historic institution – the first permanent, independent court capable of investigating and bringing to justice individuals who commit the most serious violations of international humanitarian law, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Take Action Now!

Write a letter to the President of the Republic of Togo H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbe to appeal and encourage him to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

You might like to use the following letter as a guide. Please be sure to “cc” all contacts be-low when sending your letters and also send a copy to us at [email protected].

Please note that any letter that you or anyone else outside the CICC Secretariat sends as part of this campaign should be written in an individual capacity or on behalf of your organization, not on behalf of the Coalition for the ICC. This policy should also be observed by members of national or regional coalitions of the CICC.

Sample letter

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you to respectfully call on your government to promptly accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and currently has almost two-thirds of the world’s nations as states parties. As of 17 January 2013, 121 states have ratified or acceded to the treaty, and 139 are signatories. The new system of international justice represented by the International Criminal Court is an important tool that will ensure that the most serious violations of human rights will no longer go unpunished.

I welcome the recent engagement of your country with the ICC, which has been reflected in Togo’s participation in several recent sessions of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC. In addition, the growing Togolese national political dialogue – aimed at finding a lasting solution to past instability suffered by your country – has focused on the fight against impunity. I hope that you will pursue this willingness to fight impunity by acceding to the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.

Therefore, I urge Your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure prompt accession to the Rome Statute. I strongly encourage Togo to take this opportunity to formally join the ICC this year and by doing so, express its ongoing support for justice and human rights.



Yours sincerely,

Send your letter to:

H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbe
President
Palais presidential
Avenue de la Marina, Lome, TOGO
Fax: +228 221 3204
+228 222 4999
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Kwessi Ahoomey-Zunu
Prime Minister
Primature
Cité de l’OUA, Lomé II, Lome
BP 1161 TOGO
Tel: +228 221 1564/2952/3931/1434
Fax: +228 221 3753/7468

H.E. Mr. Tchitchao Tchalim
Minister of Justice & Relations with Institutions of the Republic
Ministère de la Justice
BP 121, Lomé, TOGO
or Avenue de la Marina, Rue Colonel le Roux, Lomé, TOGO
Fax: +228 222 29 06
+228 221 54 91

H.E. Mr. Elliot Ohin
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et de l'Intégration Africaine
Place du Monument aux Morts
B.P. 900 Lomé, TOGO
Tel: +228 221 2911/2912/3991/3993
Fax: +228 221 3974

H.E. Kodjo Menan
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
112 East 40th St
New York, NY 10016 USA
Tel: +1 212 490 3455/3456
Fax: +1 212 983 6684
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]


NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
22 Jan 2013
Letter to the President of the Republic of Togo
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
22 Jan 2013
Global Coalition urges the Republic of Togo to Accede to the Rome Statute