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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to take the necessary steps to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). A growing number of states within the Asia region are moving forward in their ratification processes, and the Coalition encourages Nepal to seize this momentum toward international justice. By joining the ICC, Nepal will clearly state its commitment to justice and the rule of law and will contribute to raising Asia’s voice within the Rome Statue system.

To date, 116 states have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute, but only 7 of these states are from Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste.

The ICC has an important role in ensuring that perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are held accountable. Greater support for the ICC in Asia is needed in order increase and further secure the region’s commitment to the fight against impunity. As the Court and its case load continue to grow, so will its challenges. These crucial times thus require the strong support of the international community, including Asian states. The Coalition encourages Nepal to assert its commitment to ending the culture of impunity by acceding to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Take action now!

Write a letter to the President of Nepal H.E. Mr. Ram Baran Yadav to encourage his government to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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

Send your letter to:

H.E. Mr. Ram Baran Yadav
President
Federal democratic Republic of Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4416056/4418011
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Jhala Nath Khanal
Prime Minister of Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
Singh Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 23312 P.O.
Tel: 977-1-4211000
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Upendra Yadav
Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
Tel: 977-1-4416011, 4416012, 4416013, 4416014, 4416015
Fax: 977-1-4416016
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Prabhu Sah
Minister
Ministry of Law and Justice
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu , Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4211987
Fax: 977-1-4211684
Email : [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Nepal to the United Nations
820 Second Avenue, Suite 17B, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 370-3988/3989
Fax: (212) 953-2038
E-mail: [email protected]


Sample letter


New York, 1 August 2011


Your Excellency:

I am writing to you to respectfully request you to take concrete steps towards accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. While Nepal has had to address important issues prior to accession to the Rome Statute, it is important to note that Nepal has already ratified key international treaties relating to the protection of human rights as well as the promotion of international humanitarian law, such as the Geneva Conventions of 1949. In addition, concerns regarding the role of the United States vis-à-vis the ICC and its campaign on Bilateral Immunity Agreements (BIA) must be re-assessed given the current US administration’s stand of positive re-engagement with the ICC.

To date, 116 states have joined the ICC. This ever-increasing number of states parties confirms the positive and important role of the ICC in the fight against impunity. The Court’s current investigations in Uganda, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya and Libya signify that it is moving forward in its crucial work to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Furthermore, its preliminary examinations in Afghanistan, Colombia, Palestine, Cote d’Ivoire, Georgia, Nigeria, Honduras, Republic of Korea and Guinea are a clear manifestation of the wide scope of the Court’s jurisdiction.

Your Excellency, the Asian region cannot be left behind in this system of international justice. With only 7 states in Asia having joined the ICC, it is more important than ever to raise the Asian continent’s representation within the Court and re-affirm the continent’s commitment to the global fight against impunity.

I urge your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure Nepal’s accession to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.

Sincerely,


NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
01 Aug 2011
Global Coalition Calls on Nepal to Join the International Criminal Court