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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court is calling on Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.


Eleven years after the adoption of the Rome Statute, Caribbean States must take firm action to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. To date only Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia are yet to become Parties to this treaty. In May 2010 the ICC will be hosting its first Review Conference which will consider, among other things, amendments to the Statute including the adoption of a definition for the crime of aggression, and an evaluation of the Court’s achievements and the challenges it has faced. Given the historical and pioneering role played by the Caribbean in the establishment of the Court, States should endeavor to ensure that the region is fully represented at this important event. Universality remains a fundamental objective in order for the ICC to truly reflect its global character and guarantee an effective end to impunity.

Take Action Now!

Urge Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia to ratify the Rome Statute before March.

You might like to use the following letter as a guide. Please be sure to cc all contacts below when sending your letters.

Send your letter to:

BAHAMAS
H.E. Mr. Hubert Alexander Ingraham
Prime Minister
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre
Cable Beach
P. O. Box CB-10980
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Fax: (+242) 327 5806

H.E. Mr. Brent Symonette
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre
West Bay Street
P. O. Box N 3746
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax: (+242) 328-8212

GRENADA
H.E. Mr.Tillman Thomas
Prime Minister
Commonwealth of Grenada
Office of the Prime Minister
Ministerial Complex, 6th Floor
Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's
Fax: (+473) 440-4116

H.E. Mr. Peter David
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Commonwealth of Grenada
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministerial Complex, Fourth Floor
Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's
Fax: (+473) 440-4184

HAITI
H.E. Mr. Jean-Max Bellerive
Premier Ministre
Haiti
Villa d'Accueil
1, rue Prosper, Musseau
Port-au-Prince, HAITI
Fax : (+509) 2222-0105

H.E. Ms Marie-Michele Rey
Ministre des Affaires Etrangères
Haiti
1, Blvd Harry Truman
Cité de l'Exposition
Port-au-Prince, Haïti - HT6120
Fax : (+509) 2298-3773

JAMAICA
H.E. Mr. Orette Bruce Golding
Prime Minister
Jamaica
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 6, Jamaica
Fax: (+876) 929-0005

H.E. Dr. Kenneth Baugh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jamaica
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
21 Dominica Drive
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Fax: (+876) 929-6733

ST. LUCIA
H.E. Mr. Stephenson King
Prime Minister
Saint Lucia
Prime Minister’s Office
5th Floor, Greaham Louisy
Administrative Building
Waterfront, Castries
Saint Lucia, West Indies
Fax: (+758) 453-7352


H.E. Mr. Rufus George Bousquet
Foreign Minister
Saint Lucia
Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Investment
7th Level, Conway
Business Centre
Waterfront, Castries
Saint Lucia, West Indies
Fax: (+758) 452-7427




Your Excellency:

I have the honor of writing to you to respectfully call on your government to promptly ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In May 2010, more than seven years after the entry into force of the treaty, the ICC will be hosting its first Review Conference which will consider, among other things, amendments to the Statute including the adoption of a definition for the crime of aggression. Given the impact and repercussions that this event will have for the future of international justice, I urge your government to ratify by the end of February, 2010, so as to ensure full participation as a Party to the treaty during the Conference.

Caribbean states played a critical role in the establishment of the ICC and their leadership and guidance have significantly shaped the evolution of the Court and its different organs. To date, 110 countries, including CARICOM member states Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as fellow Caribbean nation the Dominican Republic, have already become part of this historic institution. Moreover, with Chile’s recent ratification of the Rome Statute, the entire South American region has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. I hope that this can set a precedent for the Caribbean region, and that all Caribbean countries will soon join the system of international justice as enshrined in the Rome Statute. It is also of note that the United States has positively re-engaged with the ICC after years of pursuing a policy of non-cooperation with the Court.

Therefore, I urge your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure prompt treatment of the ratification dossier as soon as possible. I strongly encourage Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia to take this opportunity to formally join the ICC this year and by doing so express its ongoing support for justice and human rights.

Sincerely,

NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
15 Dec 2009
Global Coalition urges CARICOM Member States to Join the ICC before Review Conference