Urge the government of Sri Lanka to accede the Rome Statute of the ICC

Source: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org

Greater support for the International Criminal Court in the Asian region is crucial for the growing global fight against impunity and for the defense of fundamental human rights.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members are calling on Sri Lanka to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the rule of law by ratifying to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as possible.

Asia remains poorly represented at the Court, and greater Asian participation is needed to ensure that the ICC is enriched by the diverse legal cultures of the region. Currently, Cambodia, East Timor, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are the only Asian States Parties to the ICC. While Thailand, the Philippines and Bangladesh have already signed the Rome Statute, they have yet to ratify. Sri Lanka’s accession to the Rome Statute would further strengthen the Sri Lankan peace process as it would be a clear demonstration of Sri Lanka’s commitment to upholding the highest international human rights.

The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. Nearly 100 states have now acceded to or ratified the treaty and 139 are signatories.

Take action now!

Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Sri Lanka to ratify the Rome Statute and implement it into national law

You might like to use the following letter as a guide.
Send your letter to:

Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

Tel: 01194112446091
Email: cypher@formin.gov.lk