The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.The Court came into being on 1 July 2002 and it can only prosecute crimes committed on or after that date.To date, the Court has opened investigations into four situations: Northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Darfur.
108 countries have accepted ICCs jurisdiction and help its actions against war criminals. There are only two major democracies in the world that refused to give global jurisdiction and give legal support to the ICC: the United States and India.
As the Bush era is over, the United States should immediately join in and bring in its ally India. This would be the biggest change ever in human history against genocide and to promote rule of law all over the world.
I find it truly controversial that the United States and India are the only major democracies in the world who did not ratifiy the treaty that give global jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court. 108 states in the world, including almost all of our milliatry allies in NATO and in other regions have submitted to the rule of international law. The American refusal to participate in this is multilateral institution greatly undermines our milliatry and diplomatic affairs in foreign countries - both among our allies and among the people in enemy countries who would share our values.
I would urge you to promote the cause of joining the International Criminal Court, the permanent UN tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, which currently fights such crimes in Uganda, Congo, the Central African Republic and on the territory of Darfur.
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