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URC - VietnamThe Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is calling on the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to take the necessary steps to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). With the recent ratifications of the Philippines and Maldives, Asia’s representation before the Court is gradually increasing. To date, 119 states have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute, Cape Verde being the most recent one. 16 states in Asia and the Pacific have joined the Court.
The ICC has an important role in ensuring that perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are held accountable. Greater support for the ICC in Asia is needed in order to further secure the region’s commitment to the fight against impunity. As the Court and its case load continue to grow, so will its challenges. These crucial times require the strong support of the international community, including Asian states. The Coalition encourages Vietnam to take the necessary steps to promptly accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC and embrace the principles enshrined in this treaty, which have given way to a new system of international justice.
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Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung , 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. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dzung
16 Lê Hồng Phong Str., Ba Đình District
Hà Nội, Việt Nam
Fax: (84-4) 0804 8924
Email: [email protected]
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Sinh Hung, Chairman
The National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
37 Hung Vuong St, Ba Dinh
Tel: (84-4) 0804 8079 / 0804 8278
Email: [email protected]
H.E. Mr. Phung Quang Thanh
Minister of Defence
7 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 069 534 223; Fax: (84 - 4) 069 532 090
H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 Ton That Dam, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 3799 2000 / 3799 3000; Fax: (84 - 4) 3799 2682
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Thai Binh
Minister of Home Affairs
37A Nguyen Binh Khiem, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 3976 4116; Fax: (84 - 4) 3978 1005
H.E. Mr. Ha Hung Cuong
Minister of Justice
58-60 Tran Phu, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 3843 8847; Fax: (84 - 4 ) 3843 1431
H.E. Mr. Tran Dai Quang
Ministry of Public Security
44 Yet Kieu, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 3822 6602 / 0694 2545; Fax: (84 - 4) 0694 1038 / 3942 0223
H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam
Office of the Government (OOG)
1 Hoang Hoa Tham, Hanoi
Tel: (84 - 4) 0804 3100; Fax: (84 - 4) 0804 4130
H.E. Amb. Mr. Le Hoai Trung
Permanent Representative of Vietnamto the United Nations
New York, NY, 10017
Te; (+1) 212-644-0594; Fax: (+1) 212-644-5732
1 November 2011
I am writing to you to respectfully urge you to ensure Vietnam’s accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at your earliest convenience. Vietnam has taken important steps in this direction. In addition to sending a delegation to the Rome Conference that approved the Rome Statute in 1998, the government sent, in 2006, a delegation of legal experts to The Hague in order to participate in an ICC Study Group. In 2008, following their participation at a high level ICC Seminar organized by the Ministry of Justice and the European Commission Delegation to Vietnam, Vietnamese legal experts embarked on a Comprehensive Study on the ICC with the aim of facilitating the accession and implementation processes. It is now time for the Vietnamese government to build on its commitment and make Rome Statute accession a priority.
Part of this process of reflection on joining the ICC is Vietnam’s participation as an observer in the annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute, the management oversight and legislative body of the ICC. Vietnamese civil society has also played an important role in this process, contributing toward the dissemination of the work and mandate of the ICC.
Your Excellency, while the Asia region remains underrepresented in the Court, this reality is steadily changing. Two of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – the Philippines and Cambodia – and a prospective ASEAN member, Timor Leste, are already state parties of the International Criminal Court. Malaysia and Thailand continue to move forward in their ratification process. In the neighboring sub-region of South Asia, Bangladesh has been joined by the Maldives which recently ratified the Rome Statute, and Vanuatu may not be far behind.
I therefore urge your government to advance the process already begun by Vietnam towards embracing this new system of international justice by finalizing accession procedures as soon as possible.