- Judge Sang-Hyun SONG, Judge Sanji Mmasenono MONAGENG, Judge Cuno TARFUSSERPresidency of the International Criminal Court
Ask International Criminal Court to Prosecute China
After illegally invading and occupying the Hoàng Sa Islands (Paracel Islands) and Gạc Ma Reef (Johnson South Reef) of Trường Sa Islands (Spratly Islands), which are integral parts of Vietnam, in 1974 and 1988 respectively, the government of the People's Republic of China has launched terrorist attacks in the Southeast Asia Sea in a plot to invade Vietnam's territorial waters and to possess the entire sea.
Much concrete and convincing evidence reveals that Vietnam, a member of ASEAN, has become the first victim of the expansionism of the Chinese Communists in the Southeast Asia Sea.
To carry out its expansionism, Chinese authorities have unilaterally issued a fishing ban in Vietnam's waters despite the fact that Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal backing to fish in these waters. This illegitimate ban has been used to cover inhumane acts by Chinese naval forces against Vietnamese fishermen as the Chinese People Liberation Army Navy has constantly attacked Vietnamese fishing boats and robbed and murdered Vietnamese fishermen in the territorial waters of Vietnam since the early 2000s.
To carry out its expansionism, Chinese authorities have also ordered their naval forces to launch terrorist attacks against other countries’ ships in the international waters, including Vietnam’s.
On May 27th, 2011, three "China Marine Surveillance" boats with the markings No.17, 72, 84 attacked Binh Minh 2, a Vietnamese oil exploration ship, at the coordinates of 12°48'25" N and 111°26'48" E, which is only 116 nautical miles from Khanh Hoa province and is well inside Vietnam's maritime baselines defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
On March 2nd, 2011, two Chinese gunboats with the markings No. 71 and No. 75 harassed a Philippines research vessel in the vicinity of Reed Bank, 140 nautical miles west of Palawan.
On June 23rd, 2010, a Chinese gunboat illegally enterred the terrritorial waters of Indonesia and threatened to fire on an Indonesian navy patrol boat.
On March 5th, 2009, the US Impeccable ship was harrased by Chinese frigates and aircraft while it was conducting routine operations in the Southeast Asia Sea.
On May 2nd, 2014, China illegally deployed a deep water drilling rig to a location just 120 miles off the coast of Vietnam.
China has been building artificial islands atop the reefs in the Spratly Islands. The reefs they have been illegally occupying since March 14th, 1988. The construction is a threat to marine biodiversity, it destroys fish stocks and ultimately poses long-term threats to some of the globe’s most spectacular coral reefs.
China's invasion of the territorial waters of Vietnam and Southeast Asia Sea is not only a threat to the peace and security of Vietnam, but is also a threat to the peace and security of Southeast Asia and the world. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington in 2009, the country that posed the greatest threat to the region was not North Korea but China.
The Chinese Communists’ terrorist attacks must be stopped!
The Chinese Communists’ expansionism in Southeast Asia Sea must be stopped!
Justice must be served.
- Presidency of the International Criminal Court
Judge Sang-Hyun SONG, Judge Sanji Mmasenono MONAGENG, Judge Cuno TARFUSSER
On behalf of a Vietnamese, I respectfully to call upon the Presidency to invoke the Article 17 of the ROME Statute of the International Criminal Court, and to accept my application for the prosecution of the Chinese Communist party and the government of the People's Republic of China.
I believe that not punishing the criminals means disregard of and thus weakening of international law.
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