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Urge the government of Morocco to ratfiy the Rome Statute of the ICC
Greater support for the International Criminal Court in the Middle East and North Africa region is crucial for the growing global fight against impunity and for the defense of fundamental human rights.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court and its members are calling on Morocco to take a major step forward in its commitment to international justice and the rule of law by ratifying to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as possible.
The Rome Statute came into force in July 2002 and now has the support of more than half of the world’s nations. Ninety-nine states have now acceded to or ratified the treaty and 139 are signatories.
By ratifying the Rome Statute as soon as possible, Morocco will help the Middle East and North Africa gain a stronger voice within the world of global justice and also help the region participate more meaningfully in making the ICC a truly effective, truly international mechanism for justice and peace.
Take action now!
Support the CICC’s appeal by sending letters by mail or fax urging the government of Morocco to ratify the Rome Statute and implement it into national law
You might like to use the following letter as a guide.
Send your letter to:
His Majesty King Mohammad VI
King of Morocco
The Royal Palace
Rabat, The Kingdom of Morocco
Fax: + 212 37 76 85 15
His Excellency M. Mohamed Benaissa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fax : +212 - 37-76-55-08 / 37-76-46-79
E-mail: [email protected]
His Excellency Driss Jetou
Fax : +212 37 76 99 95/37 76 86 56
At a time when the International Criminal Court (ICC) is beginning its important work to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, I am writing to urge you to ensure that the Kingdom of Morocco supports this new and vital system of international justice by ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.
The Rome Statute, which entered into force on July 1, 2002, provides for the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court which will only act when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. As of October 1, 2005, a total of 99 states, including other constitutional monarchies such as Belgium, Denmark, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Norway, Spain, and The Netherlands have joined the Court. I hope that the Kingdom of Morocco, following its signature of the Rome Statute on September 8, 2000, will take all the necessary measures to continue its demonstrated support for the Court by ratifying the Rome Statute as soon as possible in order to be honored as the 100th state party of this historic treaty.
By ratifying the Rome Statute, Morocco will motivate more North African and Middle Eastern countries to join the International Criminal Court and thereby play a leading role in ensuring accountability for the worst violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, namely genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Joining the Court will also provide crucial support for the laudable work of Morocco’s Equity and Reconciliation Commission, which your majesty established in 2004.
I strongly believe that Morocco plays a vital role in the region and share the view that the new system of international justice represented by the International Criminal Court is an important tool that will ensure that the most serious violations of human rights will no longer go unpunished. I recognize Morocco’s pioneering role in institutionalizing human rights protection in the region and I strongly urge you to continue your commitment towards international justice by ratifying the Rome Statute immediately. With increased ratifications in Middle East and North Africa, the region will not only gain stronger voice within the world of global justice, but will also be able to participate more meaningfully in making the ICC a truly effective, truly international mechanism for justice and peace.