Amnesty International today called on Philippine Senators to vote in favour of ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), helping the fight against impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes worldwide.
If the bill is approved by the Senate on 22 August, the Philippines will join almost two-thirds of countries in the world which have ratified the Rome Statute.
“By ratifying this treaty, the Philippines will strengthen its commitment to protecting human rights on the international stage,” said Marek Marczynski, Amnesty International’s Campaign Manager on International Justice.
“Senators should seize this moment, and vote to ratify the Rome Statute,” he said.
At present, the only ASEAN countries to have ratified the Rome Statue are Cambodia and Timor-Leste. In March 2011, Malaysia announced its intention to join the ICC.
“A vote for ratification will ensure that the Philippines becomes the first founding member of ASEAN to join the ICC,” Marek Marczynski said.