Russia: Decision To Pull Out Of ICC A Blow To International Justice


President Vladimir Putin’s statement that Russia does not intend to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which it signed in 2000 — but never ratified — is a huge blow to international justice, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the ICC was not a “truly independent and authoritative judicial body” and had failed to live up to its promises.

“It is hard not to see this as an attempt by Russia to undermine the progress towards international justice. This decision was apparently made with lightning speed, just hours after the ICC Prosecutor said that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol may amount to an international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

“Russia never demonstrated any genuine intention to ratify the Rome Statute, and this announcement appears as nothing but contempt for the aims of the ICC – putting an end to impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – and is an affront to all victims of these appalling crimes.”

Amnesty International has consistently condemned Russia’s repeated efforts to block the referral of the situation in Syria to the ICC Prosecutor at the UN Security Council, and the organization has also documented possible war crimes committed by Russian forces during the conflict in Syria.

“As Russia had not ratified the Rome Statute little will change in practice; however the decision is an alarming indication of Russia’s unwillingness to cooperate with international justice systems,” said Sergei Nikitin.

“Russia’s claim that the ICC has ‘failed to live up to the hopes of the international community’ is completely cynical, given that it is the threat of a Russian veto in the UN Security Council which on repeated occasions has blocked referrals to the Prosecutor of the ICC, including Syria. The ICC is far from perfect, but this statement comes across as a disingenuous attempt by Russia to dodge responsibility for some of its failings.”

2 thoughts on “Russia: Decision To Pull Out Of ICC A Blow To International Justice

  • November 17, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    ICC as ICJ are a farce.I will believe in International Court of Justice when the decision on Macedonia Versus Greece in 2012 is implemented on the name decision.I will believe in ICC when they go after the USA for crimes committed in Iraq,Libya,Syria and Viet Nam.

  • November 18, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Disagree with the premise.
    Justice is balance and fair. What Russia pulled out from was not. It was european and western and Russia is seen as neither.
    They only fear Russia more than China because the bear is closer than the panda – and the eagle did not like the bear.[US did not like RU] But US has a new President and a new direction with plans to let others stand for themselves without the US being their cowboy.
    IF RU is not a part of then their ruse is easily shown for what it is – prejudice.


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