|UK and the International Criminal Court |
UK and the International Criminal Court
In answer to a parliamentary question on the legislation to enable the UK to become a party to the International Criminal Court, FCO Minister of State, Peter Hain, announced that the draft International Criminal Court bill will be published on 22 August for consultation. Source: The Foreign & Commonwealth Office. July 27, 2000. Research and Analytical papers are produced by the FCO Research Analysts. They provide in-depth assessments on countries, international organisations and global issues. The papers take a wider view on their subjects, both historical and forward-looking.
FCO Minister of State, Peter Hain, said:
'The draft International Criminal Court bill will be published on 22 August, for consultation. We look forward to receiving comments on the draft from interested Parliamentarians, organisations and individuals, before the end of the consultation period on 12 October, so that the Bill will enjoy maximum support from all sides of the House when it is introduced.
'I will be writing today to the Select Committees involved and to the Opposition parties to specifically invite their views on the draft.'
Britain is one of the strongest supporters of the establishment of a permanent ICC able to try individuals for the crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Rome Statute of the ICC was agreed in July 1998. Britain signed the Statute on 30 November 1998 and intends to be one of the Court's founding members.
He added: 'As one of the leading countries behind establishing the ICC, we want to ratify the Treaty as soon as possible and be one of the first 60 countries ratifying needed to bring it into force. The ICC is crucial to prosecuting war crimes suspects and protecting human rights.'
Notes for editors
1. The purpose of the Bill is to enable the UK to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC. The Court will be established once 60 States have ratified. To date, 98 countries have signed the Statute but only fourteen have ratified.
2. The Bill is being published as soon as it is ready, even though this is during the Parliamentary recess, to ensure maximum consultation time. The intention to publish was contained in the Queen's speech in November 1999. After consultation the Bill will be introduced as soon as the Parliamentary timetable allows.