M'sia no longer listed as Rome Statute signatory in UN website


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is no longer listed as a signatory in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On the United Nations (UN) website detailing the status of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Malaysia has been removed from the list of participants.

The UN has also published a depository notification of Malaysia's withdrawal of the instrument of accession.

The May 15 notice said the UN Secretary-General has received Wisma Putra's notification of withdrawal on April 29.

The notice said “the Government of Malaysia has decided to withdraw its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 5 April 2019.

"Malaysia, therefore, is rescinding its letter of accession and that this withdrawal should take effect immediately.

"Notwithstanding the above, Malaysia remains committed to the rule of law and to bring to justice the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes; and crime of aggression. This is in line with the policy of the new government to firmly espouse the principles of truth, human rights, rule of law, justice, good governance, integrity and accountability.”

On Thursday (May 16), Ministry of Foreign Affairs voiced concerns that the UN website still listed Malaysia as a country supporting the treaty despite having submitted its withdrawal letter.

The government issued a letter of withdrawal of Malaysia’s participation in Rome Statute to the UN Secretary General on April 29, as a depository for the treaty after taking into consideration all steps needed to be taken to carry out the withdrawal process.