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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the Republic of Maldives to take the necessary steps to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Maldives' accession to the Rome Statute would strengthen the Asian voice at the Court and contribute to a robust and meaningful participation intended to ensure that the ICC upholds and abides by the spirit of the Rome Statute.

To date, 114 States have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute system and only 7 states in Asia have presently joined the ICC: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste. Asian states must take firm action to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity must be held accountable. Greater support for the ICC in Asia is needed in order to increase the region's commitment to the fight against impunity. The Coalition therefore encourages Maldives to assert its commitment to ending the culture of impunity by acceding to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Take action now!

Write a letter to the President of Maldives H.E. Mr. Mohamed Nasheed to encourage his government 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, and also send a copy to us at [email protected]

Send your letter to:

H.E. Mohamed Nasheed
President
Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male' 20113
Republic of Maldives
Tel: + 960 332 3701
Fax: + 960 332 5500
Email: [email protected]

H.E Mr. Ahmed Naseem
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Block number 77, Henveiru, Boduthakurufaanu Magu
Tel: +960 332 3400
Fax: + 960 332 3841
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Ali Sawad
Attorney General
6th Floor, Velaanaage
Malé 20096
Tel: +960 332 3800
Fax: + 960 330 2049
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Ahmed Faiz Hussain
Chief Justice
Department of Judicial Administration,
M.Theemuge Gate No. 3, Aaburuzu Hingun, Male'
Republic of Maldives
Tel: +960 332 2303
Fax: +960 332 5447
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Hon. Abdulla Shahid
Speaker of People's Majlis
G. Half Sea, Koimalaa Hingun
Male' 20105
Maldives
Tel: +960 332 1929 or +960 782 7282
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400-E
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 599 6194
Fax: (212) 661 6405
Email: [email protected]

H.E. Ms. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed
Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
SAARC Secretariat, Tridevi Marg,
P.O. Box 4222, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 422 1785, 422 6350
Fax: +977 1 422 7033, 422 3991
Email: [email protected]

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge you to ensure Maldives' prompt accession to the Rome Statute.
Asian nations are instrumental in building and strengthening this new justice system, and their support to the ICC is vital to its success and efficiency. By acceding to the Rome Statute, you will be expressing Maldives' support for justice and human rights, and contributing toward a stronger impact from the Asian region within the Court.

Your Excellency, throughout its nine 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 and Kenya 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, Cote d'Ivoire, Georgia, Nigeria, Honduras, Republic of Korea and Guinea are a clear manifestation of the wide scope of the Court's jurisdiction.

To date, 114 states are currently parties to the Rome Statute. However, the Asian region is still under-represented, with only seven states having ratified or acceded to the treaty. Thus, the support of Asian nations to the Court is crucial in order to pave the way toward universal ratification of the treaty and ensure an end to impunity worldwide.

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

Sincerely,

NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
02 May 2011
Global Coalition Urges Maldives to Join the International Criminal Court