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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on Turkey to take the necessary steps to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Increased ratifications of the Statute in the region will further strengthen the global 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, Europe and the Central Asian Republics have 40 States Parties to the Rome Statute, 26 of which are European Union (EU) countries. The region also has 8 signatories to the Rome Statute (Armenia, the Czech Republic, Krygyzstan, the Kingdom of Monaco, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). Turkey has not signed the Rome Statute.

European states and the European Union have been frontrunners in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and their constant efforts will continue to be critical to ensure the ICC will remain a fair and effective Court. The Coalition therefore appeals to Turkey to ratify the Rome Statute and to fully support this first permanent, independent court capable of investigating and bringing to justice individuals who commit the most serious violations of international law, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Take action now!
Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey to encourage him 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.

Send your letter to:

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister
Basbakanlik Merkez Bina
06640 Kizilay ANKARA-TURKEY
Phone: +90 312 413 70 00
Fax: +90 312 417 04 76
Email: [email protected]asbakanlik.gov.tr

H.E. Abdullah Gul
President
Cumhurbaskanligi Cankaya Kosku,
06550 Cankaya ANKARA-TURKEY
Phone: +90 312 468 50 29
Fax: +90 312 427 13 30
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mehmet Ali Sahin
Minister of Justice
Adalet Bakanligi 06659 Kizilay ANKARA-TURKEY
Phone: +90 312 419 33 70
Fax: +90 417 77 70
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Ali Babacan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Sadık Ahmet Cad. No: 8 Balgat 06100 ANKARA-TURKEY
Phone: +90 312 292 10 00
Fax: +90 312 287 88 11

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge you to ensure Turkey’s accession to the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible. The Court’s first cases in Uganda, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan signify that it is moving forward in its crucial work to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Turkey’s support for this new and vital system of international justice by acceding to the Rome Statute is therefore of utmost importance.

As you well know, the Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. With three ratifications last year, 108 states have now acceded to or ratified 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 international crimes no longer go unpunished. European nations are instrumental in building and strengthening this new justice system, and their support to the International Criminal Court is vital to its success and efficiency.

I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in October 2004 indicating that “Turkey will soon approve the Rome Agreement after completing its internal preparations and will become part of the International Court Convention.” Turkey has also made a positive step forward by joining the Friends of the ICC, a like-minded group of countries actively promoting the International Criminal Court and the new international criminal legal system arising from the Rome Statute’s entry into force.
I would also like to welcome the August 2008 approval by Turkey of the 3rd National Programme for the adoption of the EU Acquis, which provides the necessary preparations and arrangements that should be made in order for Turkey to become party to the ICC.

Turkey’s strategic geographic position bridging Europe, the CIS and the Middle East makes it a key international player that could significantly contribute to strengthening the new system of international criminal justice created by the ICC.

Turkey should therefore submit a ratification bill to Parliament as without delay and fully align Turkish legislation with all the provisions under the Rome Statute in order to become an important part of this much-needed international justice system.

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
Feb 2009
Global Coalition Urges Turkey to Join ICC