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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court calls on Cote d’Ivoire and Monaco to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.

To date, 33 African states have embraced the new system of international justice established by the Rome Statute in an effort to end impunity for grave crimes worldwide. 15 others, including Cote d’Ivoire, have signed the Rome Statute but have yet to complete the process of ratification.

The Coalition calls on the government of Cote d’Ivoire to prioritize its ratification of the Rome Statute, particularly given that the ICC has been conducting investigations into Cote d’Ivoire since 2005 for crimes committed since the 2002 civil war. In addition, former president Laurent Gbagbo is in detention at The Hague awaiting the confirmation of charges hearing in his case, due to take place in June 2012. By ratifying the Rome Statute, the Ivorian government would further demonstrate its commitment to advance the rule of law, accountability, and justice on a national, regional, and international level.

One of the first signatories of the Rome Statute, Monaco is one of only 2 remaining Western European states not party to the ICC. The Coalition urges the government of Monaco to join the other 42 European and Central Asian states in embracing this new system of international justice.

In May 2009, the issue of Rome Statute ratification was raised during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Monaco. In May 2011, the Committee against Torture of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also asked for clarification regarding Monaco’s intention to ratify the Rome Statute. On both occasions, Monaco responded that legal analyses undertaken to examine the compatibility of the Rome Statute with domestic law had concluded that significant onerous reforms of national legislation would be required. However, the legal hurdles Monaco has cited preventing ratification of the Rome Statute have been faced and surmounted by a number of other states, including other constitutional monarchies. The Coalition therefore urges Monaco to heed the calls of the international community and address these remaining obstacles in order to join the Rome Statute system.

In addition, as states parties, Cote d’Ivoire and Monaco would be able to actively participate in a more significant manner in the annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the ICC during which states make important decisions in relation to the administration of the Court, including the election of judges, prosecutors, and other Court officials.

The Coalition therefore appeals to Cote d’Ivoire and Monaco 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!

Urge Cote d’Ivoire and Monaco to ratify the Rome Statute as soon as possible!

You might like to use the following letters for each region 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]

Please note that any letter that you or anyone else outside the CICC Secretariat sends as part of this campaign should be written in an individual capacity or on behalf of your organization, not on behalf of the Coalition for the ICC. This policy should also be observed by members of national or regional coalitions of the CICC.

FOR COTE D’IVOIRE

Write a letter to H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, to encourage his government to ratify the Rome Statute.

Sample letter


Your Excellency:

I am writing to respectfully call on your government to promptly ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of well over half of the world’s nations. As of December 2011, 120 states have ratified or acceded to the treaty, and 139 are signatories. The new system of international justice represented by the International Criminal Court works to ensure an end to impunity for the most serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

I welcome your acceptance of the Court’s jurisdiction over crimes committed in Cote d’Ivoire which is viewed by many as a reflection of your government’s commitment to bringing about reconciliation and justice in Cote d’Ivoire. By accepting the Court’s jurisdiction, your government has expressed its implicit confidence in the ability of the ICC to independently and successfully investigate and prosecute alleged perpetrators of crimes falling under the Rome Statute. Hence, Cote d’Ivoire recognizes the vital role the ICC can play in putting a stop to impunity and facilitating reconciliation, peace and nation building. I therefore urge Your Excellency to use your good offices to make a concrete commitment to fighting impunity by ensuring Cote d’Ivoire’s prompt ratification of the Rome Statute. The year 2012 is a momentous year as it marks the tenth anniversary of the ICC; I encourage Your Excellency to take this opportunity to formally join the ICC in 2012, and by so doing express Cote d’Ivoire’s ongoing support for international justice and human rights.

Yours sincerely,


Send your letter to:

H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
Palais Présidentiel
BP 1354 Abidjan 01
Côte d´Ivoire
Tel: + (225) 20 22 02 22 | 20 22 02 55
Fax: + (225)20 22 54 70
Web: www.gouv.ci

H.E. Mr. Guillaume Soro, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Boulevard Angoulvant Plateau
01 BP 1533 Abidjan 01
Côte d´Ivoire
Tel: (+225) 20 21 11 00 | 20 31 50 00 | 20 25 13 00
Fax: + (225) 20 33 20 28
Email: [email protected] | [email protected]
Web: www.premierministre.ci

H.E. Mr. Jeannot Kouadio, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministère de la Justice
Bloc Ministeriel Boulvard Angoulvant, Abidjan-Plateau
01 BP V 107
Abidjan
Tel: (+225) 20 21 17 27 | 20 33 12 59
Fax: + (225) 20 21 85 10

H.E. Mr. Daniel Duncan, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abidjan, Plateau, Bvd Agoulevant
BP V109 Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Tel: + (225) 20 32 08 88
Fax: + (225) 20 32 02 66
Email: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.ci/contact.php
Web: www.diplomatie.gouv.ci

H.E. Mr. Youssoufou Bamba, Permanent Representative to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue East, 5th floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 (646) 649-5061 - 5986 - 9572 - 9823
Fax: +1 (646) 781-9974
Email: cotedi[email protected] | [email protected]
Web: http://www.un.int/wcm/content/site/cotedivoire

FOR MONACO

Write a letter to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of the Principality of Monaco to encourage his government to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Sample letter

Your Serene Highness,

I am writing to respectfully call on the Principality of Monaco to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
In July 2002, the Rome Statute came into force; it now has the support of well over half of the world’s nations. With Vanuatu’s accession on 2 December 2011, 120 states have now ratified or acceded to the treaty, and 139 are signatories, including Monaco.

European nations have been instrumental in building and strengthening this justice system, and their support for the ICC is vital to its success and effectiveness. Forty-two European and Central Asian states are party to the Rome Statute. In Western Europe, only Monaco and the Holy See are not parties to the treaty. Securing universal support of the Court is crucial to building, strengthening, and ensuring the success of the first permanent, independent court capable of investigating and bringing to justice individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Monaco’s support for this new and vital system of international justice through accession to the Rome Statute is therefore of utmost importance.
Your Serene Highness, throughout its ten years of existence, the Court has proven its invaluable contribution to the international rule of law and the fight against impunity. The Court’s current investigations in Uganda, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Libya, and Cote d’Ivoire 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, Georgia, Nigeria, Honduras, Republic of Korea, and Guinea are a clear manifestation of the wide scope of the Court’s jurisdiction. The new system of international justice represented by the International Criminal Court is thus an important mechanism for ensuring that the most serious violations of human rights no longer go unpunished.
Ten years ago, your Serene Highness celebrated the entry into force of the Rome Statute before the United Nations General Assembly. In this anniversary year, I urge Your Serene Highness to ensure Monaco’s ratification of the Rome Statute as soon as possible as a reaffirmation of this commitment to fight impunity and support for justice and human rights.

Sincerely,


Send your letter to:

H.S.H Prince Albert II
B.P. 518, MC 98015 Monaco Cedex
Tel: (+377) 93 25 18 31
Fax: (+377) 93 30 26 26

H.E. Michel Roger, Minister of State
Place de la Visitation,
MC 98000 Monaco
Tel: (+377) 98 98 80 00
Fax: (+377) 98 98 82 17

H.E. José Badia, Government Counselor for External Relations
Place de la Visitation,
MC 98000 Monaco
Tel: (+377) 98 98 82 19 | (+377) 98 98 89 04
Fax: (+377) 98 98 85 54
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.diplomatie.gouv.mc

H.E. Philippe Narmino, Director, Judicial Services of Monaco
Palais de Justice,
5 rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
98000 MONACO
Tel: (+377) 98 98 88 11
Fax: (+377) 98 98 85 89
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.gouv.mc/Gouvernement-et-Institutions/Les-Institutions/La-Justice/La-Direction-des-Services-Judiciaires

H.E. Ambassador Isabelle Picco, Permanent Mission of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations
866 U.N. Plaza Suite 520
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-832-0721
Fax: +1-212-832-5358
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.monaco-un.org

H.E. Ambassador Gilles Tonelli, Permanent Representation of the Principality of Monaco to the European Union
Place Guy-d’Arezzo, 17
1180 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 347 49 87
Fax: +32 2 343 49 20
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Ambassador Robert Fillon, Permanent Mission of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Rue de Moillebeau 56,
1209 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 919 04 60
Fax: +41 22 919 04 69
Email: [email protected]
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