Russia Withdraws Signature from the Rome Statute of the ICC

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The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has approved an order that will enable the country to withdraw from the Rome Statute, a treaty that governs the International Criminal Court. Although neither a party nor a donor country, Russia was a signatory to the Rome Statute. Russia’s decision follows a ruling by the ICC that Russia’s activity in the Crimea amounted to an “ongoing occupation”.

Chief Prosecutor at the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, in response to Russia’s potential withdrawal, stated that: “We owe it to future generations not to abandon the ICC.”

This is not the first time that Russia has been in the legal spotlight at the ICC. Earlier this year, the Court authorized an investigation into the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in South Ossetia. To read more about this issue, click here: http://9bri.com/icc-press-release-investigation-permitted-into-the-situation-in-georgia/

To read more about Russia’s withdrawal of its signature from the Rome Statute, click below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38005282

To read the Decision on the ICC Prosecutor’s request for authorization of an investigation into the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in South Ossetia, click here:

Decision on the Prosecutor’s request for authorization of an investigation

Separate Opinion of Judge Peter Kovacs

 

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Text source: www.bbc.co.uk (16th November 2016)

 

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