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The International Criminal Court has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  (Google image)


WE missed the big story in our last issue about the sensitive announcement made by the Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because the news arrived late for our issue that week.

The ICC has decided to look into allegations of extrajudicial killings in the native country under the Duterte regime to see if it will warrant an investigation and, perhaps, indictment, against President Duterte and 11 senior administration officials in his anti-drug war for “crimes against humanity.”

The ICC is an intergovernmental organization and global tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The ICC began functioning on July 1, 2002, the date that the Rome Statute was adopted.

The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty which serves as the ICC’s governing document.

Nations which become party to the Rome Statute by ratifying it, become member states of the ICC.

Currently, there are 123 countries, including the Philippines, which are party to the Rome Statute and therefore members of the ICC.

The ICC is an international mechanism for justice.

The ICC has publicly indicted 41 people.

The ICC has issued arrest warrants for 33 individuals and summonses to eight others.

Seven persons are in detention.

Proceedings against 23 are ongoing: 12 are at large as fugitives, three are under arrest but not in the Court’s custody, eight are undergoing trial, and one is appealing his conviction.

Proceedings against 17 have been completed: three have been convicted, one has been acquitted, six have had the charges against them dismissed, two have had the charges against them withdrawn, one has had his case declared inadmissible, and four have died before trial.

Thus far, among those who have been indicted in the ICC for crimes against humanity, include Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.

Since the ICC announcement two weeks ago, the Duterte Administration, had issued varied statements, like the decision is politically motivated and it is simply a waste of time on the part of ICC.

We feel it would be good for President Duterte and his orbit to keep quiet and just prepare for good defense in the event there is an indictment in the future.

We, likewise, feel the self-serving posts of Duterte trolls in the ICC Facebook won’t be helpful either.

(References: Wikipedia, Selected ICC articles in Google and ICC Q&A.)


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The International Criminal Court buildings in The Hague, the Netherlands.  (Getty Images)


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