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The ACIJLP condemns all terrorist practices and demanding the Egyptian authorities to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)


 Cairo, 20th November 2013

The ACIJLP condemns all terrorist practices and demanding the Egyptian authorities to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)

 As one of the international judicial mechanisms for combating crimes against humanity

The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Professions (ACIJLP) expresses its unequivocal condemnation of all acts , methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomsoever committed, and regardless of their motivation, as criminal and unjustifiable acts. These acts intended primarily to undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms and democracy.

In this context, the ACIJLP expresses its profound condemnation and regret, on the terrorist incident witnessed by Egypt on Wednesday, 20/11/2013 which targeted the bus that belongs to the second field army (Arish – Rafah road) and resulted in the deaths of 10 soldiers and 35 injured and wounded persons.

The ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian authorities to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes and thus contribute to the prevention of such crimes by taking all legislative, administrative and judicial measures and actions  related to combating terrorism and the prosecution and the accountability of those involved in the commission of crimes. These measures should pay attention to ensuring respect for human rights, and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.

The ACIJLP believes that the repetition of the terrorist attacks taking place in Egypt at this time can be described as systematic operations, stooping the country to the ranks of crimes against humanity, which fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and within the most serious crimes that concerned the international community as a whole.

Thus, the ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian authorities to ratify and accede to the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court, on the grounds that these crimes fall within the scope of the necessary actions and measures to combat terrorism and crimes against humanity in general.