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Urge the government of Guatemala to accede the Rome Statute of the ICC!
Greater support for the International Criminal Court in the Central American region is needed in order to consolidate the Americas as a region fully committed in the fight against impunity. Out of 19 Latin American States, only 4 States have not ratified the Rome Statute, and in the Caribbean, more than half of all CARICOM Member States have already become States Parties to the Court. Guatemala’s willingness to join its neighbors Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama in support of the ICC would be an important step in the effort to achieve more active Central American participation on this issue. Furthermore, considering Guatemala’s current bid for a seat at the UN Security Council, accession to the ICC Treaty would serve as an additional demonstration to the international community of the country’s commitment to the fight against impunity.
Despite encouraging reports throughout 2005 and the first half of 2006, the discussion of Guatemala’s accession to the Rome Statute was removed from the Congressional agenda during the last session. With the renewal of the Congressional session this past August, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members hope that discussion of this matter will be reinstated so that the accession process may move forward swiftly.
Increased ratifications in Central America will translate into a stronger voice and a more meaningful participation for the region and will contribute toward making the ICC as a truly effective international mechanism for justice and peace.
The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. 102 states from across the globe have acceded to or ratified the treaty and 139 are signatories.
Take Action Now!
Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Guatemala to accede to the Rome Statute as soon as possible.
You might like to use the following letter as a guide.
Send your letter to:
H.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
Tel: 502 2410 0010
Fax: 502 2410 0011
Email: [email protected]
Avenida ''La Reforma'' 4-47, zona 10
Ciudad de Guatemala 01010
You may also want to send the letter to the Heads of the diverse political parties at the Guatemalan Congress:
ANN Alianza Nueva Nación
H.E. Mr. Pablo Monsanto
BIEN Bienestar Nacional Bien
H.E. Mr. Carlos Alberto Guerrero
CASA Centro de Acción Social
H.E. Mr. Rafael Eduardo Barrios Flores
DC Democracia Cristiana Guatemalteca
H.E. Mr. Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo
H.E. Mr. Jorge Luis Ortega Torres
EG Encuentro por Guatemala
H.E. Mr. Alfredo de Leon Solano
FRG Frente Republicano Guatemalteco
H.E. Mr. Arístides Baldomero Crespo Villegas
GANA Gran Alianza Nacional
H.E. Mr. Jaime Antonio Martínez Lohayza
H.E. Mr. Manuel Antonio Baldizón Méndez
H.E. Mr. César Leonel Soto Arango
MR Movimiento Reformador
H.E. Hugo Haroldo Hun Ponce
PAN Partido de Avanzada Nacional
H.E. Jorge Mario Vásquez Velásquez
PU Partido Unionista
H.E. Pablo Manuel Duarte Saenz de Tejada
H.E. Gudy Rivera Estrada
PSN Solidaridad Nacional
H.E. Mr. Héctor Julio Pérez Rojas
UNE Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza
H.E. Mr. Raul René Robles Avila
URNG Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca
H.E. Mr. Alba Estela Maldonado Guevara
UD Union Democratica
H.E. Mr. Edwin Armando Martínez Herrera