Philippines' Duterte May Follow Russia And Withdraw From International Criminal Court

Casey Mills
Ноября 28, 2016

Putin's decree, published on the Kremlin's website on Wednesday, comes a day after the UN General Assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution condemning Russia's "temporary occupation of Crimea", and blamed Moscow for rights abuses and discrimination against some Crimean residents, such as Tatars.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, November 17, threatened that the Philippines would pull out its membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC), following the move of Russian Federation.

The comments came against the backdrop of a flurry of criticism in the West against Duterte for human rights violations amid a war on drugs.

"Though the powerful may seek to leave the court, the victims everywhere plead for its involvement", United Nations human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

Nearly 2,300 people have been killed in police operations or by suspected vigilantes after Duterte took office as president on June 30.

Based in the Hague, Netherlands, the ICC comprises 124 states from around the world. Duterte has been criticized for extrajudicial killings in his country - more than 3,000 people suspected of being involved in the drugs trade have been killed since he was elected in May.

Russian Federation is formally withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, the court that sits in judgment of people charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

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He argued South Africa had been treated unfairly by the court when it did not arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, even though the ICC has issued an global warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges. "We, the small countries, are being beaten by these shameless people", Duterte said.

Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has announced a crackdown on crimes against children.

"Countries like Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have, in fact, seen the ICC as a tool that they can use against their military and political opponents", said analyst Phil Clark.

The US has not ratified the ICC's Rome Statute, although Afghanistan recognizes the court's jurisdiction.

"Membership of the Rome Statute [ICC] is a voluntary and sovereign decision which is the prerogative of all states", ICC Spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah said, a stance which is quite literally written into the ICC agreement. "Maybe to protect what they are doing in Syria, the incessant bombing and the killing of civilians", he said.

Russia's decision was seen by many as the latest step in a trend that may threaten the future of world justice, after a string of African countries pulled out from the court.

The court investigates and tries people for the most serious crimes of concern to the worldwide community - genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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