ICC / ROME STATUTE

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The president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday called on South Africa and Burundi to reconsider their decision to withdraw from the court. ICC / UNIFEED


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STORY: ICC / ROME STATUTE
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DATELINE: 24 OCTOBER 2016, DAKAR, SENEGAL

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1 Med shot, Sidiki Kaba at press conference dais
2. SOUNDBITE (French) Sidiki Kaba, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
“We would like to seize this opportunity to launch an appeal: First, to engage in a constructive dialogue at the Assembly of the States Parties of Rome Statute to find a dynamic consensus. We recall that the next session of the Assembly of the States Parties of Rome Statute will be held from 16 until 24 November 2016 in The Hague. Second, the States that currently constitute this Assembly to remain as States Parties engaged in the promotion and defense of the values of justice and peace that have preceded the creation of the International Criminal Court.”
3. Med shot, Sidiki Kaba at press conference dais
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Sidiki Kaba, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
“Each of these countries –Burundi and South Africa- have had an important role in the creation of the International Criminal Court. Notably, South Africa, that has defeated the Apartheid and has a long tradition of fighting against the injustice and the impunity.”
5. Med shot, Sidiki Kaba at press conference dais

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The president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Sidiki Kaba, called on South Africa and Burundi to reconsider their decision to withdraw from the court.

At a press conference Monday (24 Oct) in Senegal’s capital Dakar, Kaba said “we would like to seize this opportunity to launch an appeal: First, to engage in a constructive dialogue at the Assembly of the States Parties of Rome Statute to find a dynamic consensus.”

The next session of the Assembly of the States Parties of Rome Statute will be held from 16 until 24 November 2016 in The Hague.

Kaba also expressed his concerned that these events could pave way for other African States Parties to withdraw from the Rome Statute system.

He also called on the States that currently constitute the Assembly “to remain as States Parties engaged in the promotion and defense of the values of justice and peace that have preceded the creation of the International Criminal Court.”

South Africa and Burundi withdrawal from the Rome Statute will come into effect one year after the notification to the UN Secretary-General.

Kaba said “each of these countries –Burundi and South Africa- have had an important role in the creation of the International Criminal Court. Notably, South Africa that has defeated the Apartheid and has a long tradition of fighting against the injustice and the impunity.”

He urged all States Parties to work together in fighting impunity for the most heinous crimes that shock the conscience of humanity, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.

Kaba also called upon all States Parties to support the International Criminal Court to ensure its effectiveness and credibility in order to safeguard universal justice to all victims of mass crimes.
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