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Although Suriname has not signed or ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a series of recent positive developments provide hope that ICC accession be taken seriously by Suriname in 2006.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members are calling on Suriname to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the fight against impunity by acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as soon as possible. The Coalition welcomes President Venetiaan’s declarations to the Surinamese Parliament on December 6, 2005 which indicated that his government is seriously considering accession to the ICC and taking appropriate steps to complete this process.

The Caribbean region historically played a leading role in the establishment of the Court. To date, 8 Caribbean States have already ratified or acceded to the Statute, but there are still 8 other countries are yet to complete their respective processes in order to join this international institution.

The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. With Mexico’s ratification in October 2005, the symbolic milestone of the 100th ratification was reached. Now Latin America is just 4 States away from completely consolidating the region as the first fully committed continent to the ICC.

Suriname’s entry into the Court will not only help the Caribbean region gain a stronger voice within the Court, it would also contribute toward strengthening CARICOM Member States’ participation in the establishment of the ICC as a truly effective mechanism for justice.

Take action now!

Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Suriname to ratify the Rome Statute and implement it into national law.

Send your letter to:

H.E. Mr. Ronald Venetiaan
President of Suriname
Kleine Combeweg, 2-4
Paramaribo, Suriname
South America
Fax: +597 4752-66
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Ms. Lygia Kreeg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. F. Lim.A Postraat 25
Paramaribo, Suriname
South America
Fax: +597 4104-11
Email:[email protected]

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge your government to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. As you might be aware, the Caribbean region was a critical force in the establishment of the ICC, and to date, 8 States in the Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago have already become part of this historical institution. Suriname plays an important regional role in the Caribbean, and it is therefore vital that it join its neighbors in support of this new system of international justice, strengthening the guarantee that the most serious violations against human rights and humanitarian law will no longer remain unpunished.

The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. With Mexico’s ratification last October, the symbolic milestone of the 100th ratification was reached. Now Latin America is just 4 States away from completely consolidating the region as the first fully committed continent to the ICC.

Suriname’s entry into the Court will help the Caribbean region gain a stronger voice within the Court, and will also contribute toward strengthening CARICOM Member States’ participation in the establishment of the ICC as a truly effective mechanism for justice.

At a time when the ICC is beginning its important work to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, it is vital that the Court continue to receive support from the international community. Suriname’s accession would serve to manifest, once again, the Caribbean region’s strong and staunch support to the ICC.

Yours Sincerely,