Thursday, September 27, 2012

Samoa makes it 2 and counting against aggression

The 2d state instrument ratifying amendments that would make the crime of aggression fully punishable by the International Criminal Court was deposited yesterday at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Above, Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and U.N. Legal Counsel, accepted the document from Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Samoa. (photo credit) At yesterday's event, he explained the reasons behind the Pacific island state's decision to ratify:
'Samoa is not a member of any military grouping and has no aspirations to become one. We do so because we place great faith in the rule of law and the vital protection that the law offers to all States, especially to the weak and small. From this perspective, we consider the International Criminal Court one of the most important developments in the affairs of the international community in the struggle against impunity ....'
Samoa joins 1 other state in adhering to the crime-of-aggression amendments, the text of which was adopted by a consensus vote of the ICC Assembly of States Parties at the close of its 2010 ICC Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. Ratifying several months ago was Liechtenstein, as we then posted. As we've discussed in our series on the crime of aggression, entry into force of these amendments cannot occur any earlier than 2017, and then only if 30 states have ratified and the Assembly of States Parties has given a further vote of approval.

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