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Zimbabwe rejects calls to ratify ICC treaty

Zimbabwe rejects calls to ratify ICC treaty

25/10/2011 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE has ruled out ratifying the Rome Statute establishing the 
International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing the body of targeting Africans.

Ratifying the Statute was one of the 179 recommendations made at the end of 
the 12th Session of the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Human 
Rights, held in Geneva earlier this month.

But the Zimbabwe government, which fears becoming a full member of the ICC 
could precipitate the indictment of President Robert Mugabe and other senior 
officials for alleged crimes against humanity, has chosen to stay out of the 

Chinamasa told the ZBC: “One of the recommendations was that we should 
ratify the Rome Statutes on the International Criminal Court.

“That we rejected for the sole reason that the ICC is completely 
discredited, it has tarnished its own image by selective application of 
international law.”

The minister told the state broadcaster that former British Prime Minister 
Tony Blair and the former United States President George Bush had “committed 
serious crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the 
world, but they had been left free.”

Zimbabwe also rejected 97 other recommendations, including calls to 
recognise gay rights, reform its security sector, and amend the Access to 
Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Order and Security 

The fact that a disproportionately large number of cases investigated by the 
ICC have so far been on the African continent has created resentment towards 
the body, even in countries which are state parties to the Court.
Zimbabwe is one of 32 countries, including Russia and China, which signed 
but did not ratify the Rome Statute.

As of October 2011, 116 states were parties to the Statute of the Court, 
including all of South America, nearly all of Europe and roughly half the 
countries in Africa.

The United States and Israel are among countries which “unsigned” from the 
Statute. On August, 3, 2002, President Bush signed into law the American 
Servicemembers Protection Act (ASPA) which authorises the use of military 
force to liberate any American or citizen of a US-allied country being held 
by the court, which is located in The Hague.


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