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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the Bahamas and Grenada to take the necessary steps to ratify and accede, respectively, to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Caribbean region has been instrumental to the creation and development of the International Criminal Court. In 1989, during the United Nations' 44th General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago submitted an agenda item on the establishment of an international criminal court for the Assembly's consideration. This motion - which gained the support of a number of states, including all CARCIOM member states - ultimately resulted in a consensus resolution that called for the creation of an international criminal court.

To date, 114 States have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute system and only four CARICOM States have yet to join the ICC: Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica. In this regard, Caribbean states must take firm action to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Take action now!

Write a letter to the Prime Ministers of The Bahamas and Grenada to encourage them to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

You might like to use the following letters 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]

Send your letter to:

The Bahamas:

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. HUBERT INGRAHAM

Prime Minister
The Office of The Prime Minister
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre
Cable Beach
P. O. Box N 3217
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Fax: 242 - 327-5806

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. BRENT SYMONETTE
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Goodmans Bay Corporate Center, West Bay St.
P. O. Box N 3746
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Fax: 242 - 328-8212/326-2123

HER EXCELLENCY AMB. PAULETTE A. BETHEL
Permanent Representative to the UN
231 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 759.2135

HIS EXCELLENCY, THE HON. JOHN K. F. DELANEY Q.C.
Attorney General
Attorney General's Chambers East Hill Street
(Post Office Building)
P.O. Box N-3007
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax: 242- 322-7111

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge you to ensure The Bahamas' prompt ratification of the Rome Statute. The Caribbean region has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Court. As you may recall, in 1989, during the United Nations' 44th General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago submitted an agenda item on the establishment of an international criminal court for the Assembly's consideration. This motion - which gained the support of a number of states, including all CARCIOM member states - ultimately resulted in a consensus resolution that called for the creation of an international criminal court.

To date, 114 states have ratified the Rome Statute, and with the recent ratification of Saint Lucia in August 2010, only 4 CARICOM states, namely Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica and Haiti, have yet to join the ICC. Global support, including that from the Caribbean's region, to the Rome Statute system 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, genocide, and, once it enters into force, the crime of aggression.

Excellency, as you may be aware, the governing body of the ICC will hold elections in December 2011. As a non-state party, your country may provisionally nominate a candidate for one of six available judicial vacancies at the ICC when the nomination period opens on 13 June. It may also do so for the position of Chief Prosecutor, an historic election that will only take place for the second time in history. However, your nomination will only become effective if your instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute is deposited by 2 September 2011, the date the nomination period concludes.

I urge your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure The Bahamas' ratification to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.

Sincerely


Grenada:

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. TILLMAN THOMAS
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Ministerial Complex
6th Floor
Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's
Fax: (473) 440-4116

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. KARL HOOD
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministerial Complex
Fourth Floor
Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's
Fax: (473) 440-4184

HER EXCELLENCY AMB. DESSIMA WILLIAMS
Permanent Representative to the UN
800 2nd Avenue Suite 400K
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212.599.1540

HIS EXCELLENCY, THE HON. ROHAN A. PHILLIP
Attorney General
Ministry of Legal Affairs
"Communal House"
414 H.A. Blaize Street
St. George's
Grenada
Fax: (473) 435 - 2964

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge you to ensure Grenada's prompt accession of the Rome Statute. The Caribbean region has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Court. As you may recall, in 1989, during the United Nations' 44th General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago submitted an agenda item on the establishment of an international criminal court for the Assembly's consideration. This motion - which gained the support of a number of states, including all CARCIOM member states - ultimately resulted in a consensus resolution that called for the creation of an international criminal court.

To date, 114 states have ratified the Rome Statute, and with the recent ratification of Saint Lucia in August 2010, only 4 CARICOM states, namely Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica and Haiti, have yet to join the ICC. Global support, including that from the Caribbean's region, to the Rome Statute system 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, genocide, and, once it enters into force, the crime of aggression.

Excellency, as you may be aware, the governing body of the ICC will hold elections in December 2011. As a non-state party, your country may provisionally nominate a candidate for one of six available judicial vacancies at the ICC when the nomination period opens on 13 June. It may also do so for the position of Chief Prosecutor, an historic election that will only take place for the second time in history. However, your nomination will only become effective if your instrument of accession to the Rome Statute is deposited by 2 September 2011, the date the nomination period concludes.

I urge your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure Grenada's accession to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.

Sincerely


United Arab Emirates

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take the necessary steps to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Court (APIC).

Increased accessions and ratifications of the Statute in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region would further strengthen the global voice at the Court and result in a more robust and meaningful participation in the worldwide effort to establish a truly fair, effective, and independent ICC.

To date, the MENA region is the most underrepresented region at the ICC. The Arab League, consisting of 22 states, has only 3 states parties to the Rome Statute - Jordan, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands. Nine states however have signed the treaty.

Though underrepresented, the MENA region has a growing interest in the fight against impunity and the Coalition today has nearly 250 active member organizations spread across almost every country in the region. Through its strengthened regional efforts targeting civil society, parliamentarians, governments, media, and others, the Coalition is pushing for an increased number of accessions and ratifications and full implementation of the Rome Statute in MENA countries.

The Coalition therefore appeals to the UAE 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 President of the UAE to encourage him to ratify 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 and also send a copy to us at [email protected].

Send your letter to:

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan

President of the United Arab Emirates
Ministry of Presidential Affairs
PO Box 280
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 622 2221
Fax: +971 2 622 2228
Email: http://www.uaekhalifa.com/
Web: [email protected]

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice President and Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Office of the Prime Minister
PO Box 46616
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 446 1300
Fax: +971 2 446 3286
and/or
PO Box 2838
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 353 2330
Fax: +971 4 353 1974
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.uaepm.ae/ar/index.html

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayid Al-Nahyan
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 444 4488
Fax: +971 2 444 7766; +971 2 222 1000
and/or
PO Box 3785
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 222 1144
Fax: +971 4 228 0979; +971 4 357 2112
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.mofa.gov.ae

H.E. Dr. Hadef bin Jua'an Al Dhaheri
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 260
Tel: +971 2 681 4000
Fax: +971 2 681 0680
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
and/or
PO Box 1682
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 282 5999
Fax: +971 4 282 5121
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.ejustice.gov.ae

H.E. Mr. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair
President of the Federal National Council
H.E. Mohammed Salem Al-Mazroui
Secretary General of the Federal National Council
PO Box 836
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 681 2000
Fax: +971 2 681 2846
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.almajles.gov.ae

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Al-Jarman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN
United Arab Emirates Permanent Mission to the United Nations
3 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
305 East 47th Street, 7th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017
Tel: +1 212 371 0480
Tel: +1 212 371 4923
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.un.int/wcm/content/site/uae/

Your Highness:

I am writing to urge you to ensure the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.

To date, 114 states have ratified the Rome Statute. Commendably, the United Arab Emirates signed the Rome Statute of the ICC on 27 November 2000, two years after the Treaty was finalized on 17 July 1998. The United Arab Emirates has closely followed the work of the ICC, more recently attending the 8th Session of the Assembly of State Parties (Nov 2009) and the Review Conference of the Rome Statute (June 2010) and actively participating in both.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is underrepresented in the ICC. The League of Arab States has but three members that are states parties to the Rome Statute, although nine have signed it.

While the region may currently be the most underrepresented, the region is making unprecedented advances. On 19 February 2011, Interim President H.E. Mr. Foued Mebazaa's adopted a decree law approving Tunisia's accession to the Rome Statute. Kuwait has repeatedly stated its intention to ratify the Rome Statute, most recently when it replied on 13 September 2010 to the recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review regarding the Rome Statute, stating that "its ratification by the concerned authorities is underway."

Global support, including that from the region, to the Rome Statute system 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, genocide, and, once it enters into force, the crime of aggression.

Excellency, as you may be aware, the governing body of the ICC will hold elections in December 2011. As a non-state party, your country may provisionally nominate a candidate for one of six available judicial vacancies at the ICC when the nomination period opens on 13 June. It may also do so for the position of Chief Prosecutor, an historic election that will take place for only the second time in history. However, your nomination will only become effective if your instrument of accession to the Rome Statute is deposited by 2 September 2011, the date the nomination period concludes.

I urge your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure the UAE's ratification to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

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