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Greater support for the International Criminal Court in the Asian region is crucial for the growing global fight against impunity and for the defense of fundamental human rights.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members are calling on Nepal to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the rule of law by acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as possible.
Encouraging reports from Katmandu indicate that on 24 July 2006, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed a proposal to accede to the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister K.P. Sharma Oli affirmed that Nepal will take the necessary measures to accede to the Rome Statute very soon.
While the CICC understands the challenges facing Nepal in the context of its transition to democracy and its strengthening of the democratic order, the CICC feels that in joining the ICC, Nepal will further consolidate the rule of law and will send clear sign to the international community of the their commitment to upholding the highest international human rights.
Asia remains poorly represented at the Court, and greater Asian participation is needed to ensure that the ICC is enriched by the diverse legal cultures of the region. Currently, Cambodia, East Timor, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are the only Asian States Parties to the ICC. While Thailand, the Philippines and Bangladesh have already signed the Rome Statute, they have yet to ratify. Nepal’s accession to the Rome Statute would further strengthen the Nepal peace process and help to bring Asian expertise to this landmark institution.
The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. One hundred states from across the globe have acceded to or ratified the treaty and 139 are signatories.
Take Action Now!
Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Nepal to accede to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.
You might like to use the following letter as a guide.
Send your letter to:
H.E. Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala
Prime Minister of Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
P.O. Box: 43312
Email: [email protected]