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The ACIJLP Calls for Palestinian State to ratify and accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC)


Cairo, 2nd December 2012   

The ACIJLP Calls for Palestinian State to ratify and accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Professions (ACIJLP) expresses its great welcome to the resolution of the UN General Assembly issued on Thursday, 29th November 2012 granting Palestine observer state status of the United Nations adopted by 138 countries, with 138 vote in favor and nine against and 41 abstentions especially the United States and Israel as a response to Palestinian request to raise the representation of the Palestinian Authority as an observer at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member State".

The ACIJLP expresses its welcome to this resolution and refers to the need to make use of this resolution to protect human rights, reduce the most serious crimes, as well as the prosecution and accountability of those involved in the commission of crimes against humanity and end the culture of impunity regarding these crimes.

The ACIJLP calls upon the Palestinian state to take quick and urgent steps for the ratification of and accession to the International Criminal Court, especially since the Rome Statute of the ICC enters the crime of aggression within the jurisdiction of the Court. Moreover, the Rome Statute of the ICC puts deportation or forcible transfer of population, apartheid and other crimes which Palestinian people are subjected, in the context of crimes against humanity, which fall within the jurisdiction of the international Criminal Court (ICC).

The ACIJLP points out that the ratification and accession to the International Criminal Court, would limit war crimes which occur to the Palestinian people. Article 8 of the second paragraph - (b) Item 8 stated that " The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory” which is considered as a war crime that falls within the jurisdiction of the international Criminal Court.

The ACIJLP welcomes the resolution of the UN General Assembly granting Palestine status of "Non-member State". The ACIJLP also hopes the Palestinian state to take quick and urgent steps for the ratification of and accession to the International Criminal Court and calls upon Arab states which have not yet acceded to the Rome Statute of the Court to quickly accede to the court to stop and reduce the commission of the most serious crimes, as well as to end the culture of impunity.