Support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Middle East and Arab world is vital to the growing global fight against impunity and for the defense of fundamental human rights.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and its members are calling on the Kingdom of Morocco to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the rule of law by ratifying the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible. Morocco’s ratification would unmistakably affirm its commitment to justice, accountability, and human rights protection, particularly given the Kingdom’s recent efforts towards abolishing the death penalty.
The Equity and Reconciliation Commission, appointed by the King in 2004 to account for the grave human rights abuses in the country since 1954, included in its final recommendations, which were accepted by the King, a call for Morocco to join the ICC.
More than half of the world has ratified the Rome Statute, which came into force in July 2002. With Chad’s ratification on November 1 2006, one hundred and four states have now acceded to or ratified the treaty, and 139 are signatories.
By ratifying the Rome Statute as soon as possible, Morocco will help the Middle East and the Arab world gain a stronger voice as an advocate for global justice, and help make the ICC a truly effective, and genuinely international mechanism for justice and peace.
Take Action Now!
Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Morocco to ratify the Rome Statute and implement it into national law.
Send your letter to:
His Majesty King Mohammad VI
King of Morocco
The Royal Palace
Rabat, The Kingdom of Morocco
Fax: + 212 37 76 85 15
His Excellency M. Mohamed Benaissa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fax : +212 - 37-76-55-08 / 37-76-46-79
E-mail: [email protected]
His Excellency Driss Jetou
Fax : +212 37 76 99 95/37 76 86 56
At a time when the International Criminal Court (ICC) is moving forward in its important work to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, I am writing to urge you to ensure that the Kingdom of Morocco supports and helps shape this new and vital system of international justice by ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.
The Rome Statute, which entered into force on July 1, 2002, provides for the establishment of a permanent ICC which will only act when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. As of November 1, 2006, the Court has one hundred and four States Parties. A number of countries that are constitutional monarchies like Morocco, including Belgium, Denmark, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Norway, Spain, and The Netherlands, are also members of the Court. I hope that the Kingdom of Morocco, following its signature of the Rome Statute on September 8, 2000, will take all the necessary measures to continue its demonstrated support for the Court by ratifying the Rome Statute in the near future.
In light of Morocco’s leadership in institutionalizing human rights protection in the Arab world, including the recent steps towards abolishing the death penalty, I strongly urge you to join the ICC, which is an important tool to ensure that the most serious violations of human rights will no longer go unpunished. Ratifying the Rome Statute will also provide crucial support for the laudable work of Morocco’s Equity and Reconciliation Commission, which your majesty established in 2004, and which included, in its final recommendations, a call for Morocco to join the ICC.
Given Morocco’s vital role in North Africa and the Arab and Islamic worlds, your Kingdom’s decision to ratify the Rome Statute would significantly strengthen the Arab and Islamic voice at this new international institution and furthermore, encourage your neighbors in the region to join the Court. Indeed, this is a time when increased Arab involvement in and support for the Court is critical, and in a historic vote last week, the Parliament of Yemen supported ratification of the Rome Statute, paving the way for Yemen to become the 105th State Party to the Court, and to join the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as the fourth Arab League member of the ICC.
I write to you on behalf of a broad cross section of global civil society, including 300 member organizations from the Middle East and North Africa, to urge you to take all the necessary steps in order for the Kingdom of Morocco to ratify and fully implement the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible. In doing so, your country will be joining more than half of the world’s nations that have taken a firm stand in support of international justice and Morocco will add a crucial voice to the ICC, making it a truly effective and international mechanism for justice and peace.