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At least 10 good reasons to boycott the U.S.A. > #4 International Criminal Court

#4 International Criminal Court

The U.S. delegate's chair remains empty at U.N. headquarters at the final meeting of a commission preparing for the operation of the International Criminal Court, Monday, July 1, 2002. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)

The permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) exists since the 1st of July, 2002. It has been instituted by the Status of Rome to insure that genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity do not remain unpunished.

Only the United States actively opposes to the ICC since its creation. Nevertheless Bill Clinton, hence the president of the U.S.A., signed the Status of Rome, on December 31, 2000. However the US position has radically changed since the election of George W. Bush in 2001.

The US government took the unprecedented decision to go back on its signature on May 6, 2002, and has launched a worldwide campaign to weaken the ICC and sees to it that US citizens can't be prosecuted by this international authority.

More info:
Coalition for the ICC: a network of over 2,000 NGOs advocating for a fair, effective and independent ICC since 1995
Crimes of War Project: "The International Criminal Court: An End To Impunity?", the magazine, december 2003
Human Rights Watch: ICC Fact Sheet
International Criminal Court (ICC): official website of the ICC U.S. policy on the ICC

Last update: October 2005

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