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Greater support for the International Criminal Court in the Asian region is crucial for the growing global fight against impunity and for the defense of fundamental human rights.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members are calling on Nepal to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the rule of law by acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as possible.
In July 2006, Nepal’s former House of Representatives issued a unanimous commitment resolution (Sankalpa) to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC and top officials indicated that they would take appropriate measures to promptly accede to this important international instrument. Building on this moementum, the CICC selected Nepal as the August 2006 target country for the Universal Ratification Campaign. Nevertheless, since then no there have been no further developments.
While the CICC understands the challenges facing the country in the context of its transition to democracy and its strengthening of the democratic order, the CICC feels that in joining the ICC, Nepal will further consolidate the rule of law and will send a clear sign to the international community of their commitment to upholding the highest international human rights standards.
Asia remains poorly represented at the Court, and greater Asian participation is needed to ensure that the ICC is enriched by the diverse legal cultures of the region. Currently, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are the only Asian States Parties to the ICC. Given the important commitments expressed by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to international human rights instruments, principles and values, as well as the ongoing political transition, Nepal’s accession would send a signal to the international community of their will to end impunity and strengthen the rule of law.
The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. One hundred and four 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 Nepal 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. Girija Prasad Koirala
Prime Minister of Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
P.O. Box: 43312
Email: [email protected]