International House of Dan: I.C.C. Update

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

I.C.C. Update

Yesterday, Kenya became the 98th State to ratify the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. The CICC reported that Kenya's legislature approved ratification last month and is currently in the advanced stages of adopting implementation legislation.

The U.S. government, on the other hand, continues to undermine the process of establishing a strong, independent court, despite polls showing American support for the ICC among Americans who know about the court. Makes sense, really, it's hard to believe that we're against prosecuting the authors of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when their home countries are unwilling or unable to do so. The government's position goes beyond opposition to the court, as we're not simply dragging our feet here, we're trying to pull back on the feet of those who are trying to passy by. Congratulations Kenya, hopefully we can join you in an election cycle or two...


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