The US should support the ICC and hold ourselves to international standards.
We Encourage U.S. to Join Other Nations By Signing Statute
CGS has been a longtime supporter of the ICC and has worked with other Non-Governmental Organizations to help promote the ICC. We are asking the United States to join the more than 120 other nations that have signed on to the Rome Statute of the ICC and to affirm its position to be a defender of human and civil rights. At the start of the 21st Century, the U.S. was poised to commit to the ICC but has not yet fulfilled that commitment.
While the United States has vigorously called for the prosecution of war criminals elsewhere, we also hope it will hold its own citizens to the same standard.
Rule of Law is ICC Mandate
An ICC spokesman defended the court as “an independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law” and insisted that “the ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its independent work, undeterred, in accordance with its mandate and the overarching principle of the rule of law.”
CGS envisions world peace through world law, and calls for the creation and strengthening of democratic international institutions to better govern the world and make it safer, more just, and more sustainable. We implore the U.S. to recommit to the ICC. It is time for the U.S. to join the 120 other nations of the world to support the ICC and the rule of law. We should not see ourselves as being above international law.
Issue is Not National Sovereignty
There is a common misunderstanding that if the U.S. joins the ICC we surrender our national sovereignty. That is not the case. According to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, the ICC cannot prosecute any American for any of the crimes covered by the ICC until after the U.S. has failed to try that person in our own U.S. courts. This is the principle of complementarity and it is quite clear in the Rome Statute.
We Must Hold Ourselves to International Standards
If we are not willing to hold ourselves to the international standards of human and civil rights, then we risk losing whatever moral authority we thought we had as the U.S., the leader of the free world. It is time to join the ICC, not undermine it.
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