A draft United Nations Security Council resolution prepared by New Zealand which seeks to promote renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by cutting out the International Criminal Court is seriously misguided, Amnesty International said today.
The draft resolution calls on Israel and Palestine to “to refrain from referring… a situation concerning Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the International Criminal Court.”
“You cannot have long-term peace without justice. The scale of injustice felt on both sides plays a key role in maintaining the cycle of violence. New Zealand’s proposal would deny thousands of Palestinian and Israeli victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the only chance to have their day in court,” said Jonathan O’Donohue, International Justice Legal Adviser at Amnesty International.