Ratify the Rome Statute, Govt urged

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Bar Council has called on the Government to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) without further delay. 

Its chairman, Kuthubul Zaman Bukari, said that there was no plausible basis for the continued opposition to the ICC that a reluctance to ratify the Rome Statue signified. 

Any concerns that the Government may have over ratifying the Rome Statute must be explained to the people. 

Malaysia must not be seen as shirking its obligations, he said. 

Kuthubul Zaman said that recent events including the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq have made those obligations even more poignant. 

He said that the ICC only has jurisdiction over individuals who are nationals of states that have ratified the Rome Statute, which until last month has been ratified by 90 states. 

He said that the Rome Statute and the ICC are well placed to act as an enforcement mechanism for dealing with crimes against humanity, acts of genocide and severe violations of human rights. – Bernama 

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