Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by Seychelles
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:
‘I am delighted to learn that the Republic of Seychelles has ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on August 10 and, I would like to offer my warm congratulations on this decision.
This ratification, bringing the number of ICC States Parties to 112, marks a significant step forward in the international community’s efforts to combat impunity. Following the ratification by Seychelles, thirty one African countries are now parties to the Rome Statute. The ICC represents the court of last resort when national courts are unable or unwilling to bring justice for genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. African states have been at the forefront of establishing the ICC and are committed to fighting impunity under the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
I would like to seize the opportunity to reiterate the European Union’s commitment to the universality and integrity of the Rome Statute and call upon states which have not yet done so to accede to the Rome Statute’.
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