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Urge the government of Nicaragua to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC
Greater support for the International Criminal Court from Central America is vital in order to consolidate the Americas as a region fully committed to the fight against impunity and the defense of human rights.
The CICC and its members are calling on the Republic of Nicaragua 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.
The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of half of the world’s nations. Nearly 100 states have acceded to or ratified the treaty and 139 are signatories. Out of 19 Latin American states, only 6 have not ratified the Rome Statute and in the Caribbean, half of all CARICOM Member States are already party to the ICC.
The CICC hopes that the Republic of Nicaragua will take the lead and set a powerful example by joining its neighbors Honduras, Panama, Belize, and Costa Rica in ratifying the Rome Statute. With increased ratifications in this region, Central America will have a stronger voice and a more meaningful participation in making the ICC a truly effective 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 the Republic of Nicaragua to ratify the Rome Statute and implement it into national law.
You might like to use the following letter as a guide.
Send your letter to:
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Nicaragua
Del Cine González 1 cuadra al Sur sobre Avenida Bolivar.
Apartado Postal # 127
Email: [email protected]
The Rome Statute that created the ICC entered into force in July 2002 and to date, 139 States have signed and nearly 100 States have acceded to or ratified this treaty. In the Americas, a region which has been affected by serious human rights violations and dictatorships, government support for the ICC has been high, with many States actively advocating for the ICC prior to and after the adoption of the Rome Statute. Currently, out of 19 Latin American States, only 6 States have not ratified the Rome Statute, and in the Caribbean, half of all CARICOM Member States have already become States Parties to the Court. However, stronger support from the Central American region is needed in order to consolidate the Americas as a region fully committed in the fight against impunity. Nicaragua’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.
The United Nations Treaty Office is planning a special event at the UN Headquarters in New York to mark the 100th ratification of the Rome Statute. In this context I call upon your government to take all the appropriate measures needed in order for Nicaragua to become a State Party of the ICC as soon as possible. I hope that with a swift ratification, Nicaragua can be part of this historic 100th ratification ceremony this year.
I strongly believe that your country plays an important role in the region and share the view that this new system of international justice is a vital tool that will ensure that the most serious violations of human rights will no longer go unpunished. With increased ratifications in Central America, the region will have a stronger voice and a more meaningful participation in making the ICC as a truly effective international mechanism for justice and peace.
I look forward to seeing the Republic of Nicaragua join the Court as one of the first 100 States Parties to the ICC.