Referred to the UN Security Council

June 16, 2015 by Posted in: Daily Blog

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I’m including the email response I received from the ICC:

“Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your message. Please note that the International Criminal Court has a very limited jurisdiction. The Court may only address the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes as defined by Articles 6 to 8 of the Rome Statute that have occurred after 2002, and can only exercise jurisdiction in the countries that have ratified it. For more information on the Court’s jurisdiction and the full text of the Rome Statute, please refer to page 2 of the attached document and our website as well as our address, www.icc-cpi.int. We encourage you to carefully review this information.

 If, after your careful review, you still believe the ICC is the correct place for your case and would like to submit a claim to the Court, then please follow the directions for how to do so on page 1 of the attached document. If you decide to submit information, kindly use only this email address: otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int.”

I reviewed their attached document, HTSC-ENG.pdf, and concluded that probably what has happened is that action in this matter was taken based on paragraph 4 of the second page under Criteria (iii):

Regarding personal/territorial jurisdiction: Under Articles 12 and 13 of the Statute, the Court may only exercise jurisdiction over international crimes if one or more of the following criteria are met: (i) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State on the territory of which the crime was committed, (ii) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State of which the person accused is a national, or (iii) the situation is referred to the Prosecutor by the UN Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

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