Estonia Feels International Criminal Court Can Act as Deterrent of Crimes Against Humanity


No 394-E

At his meeting yesterday in New York with Convener of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court Bill Pace, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia feels an effective International Criminal Court (ICC) is an important supporter of human rights.

“Estonia feels it is essential to strengthen the fight again impunity and in favour of international justice by supporting the International Criminal Court,” Paet noted.

Paet stated that the international Criminal Court supports preventive diplomacy and helps to prevent international crimes from being committed. “We feel it is important that there are appreciative and supportive words in Human Right´s Council resolutions regarding the International Criminal Court. The creation and widespread use of impartial investigative commissions is also essential,” he added.

Paet stated that in order for the ICC to function well, high-level political and diplomatic support as well as close co-operation among states is essential. “Although the court has grown stronger, in order to keep functioning it requires continuing high-level political support – for example in fulfilling arrest warrants and achieving the global jurisdiction of the court,” said the foreign minister. “With this goal in mind we also participate in the work of the ICC’s ministerial network.”

The Estonian foreign minister noted that one of the priorities of the president of the ICC Assembly of States Parties Tiina Intelmann is the court’s relationship with the African Union. “We hope that little by little the African Union’s attitude towards the ICC will change,” Paet added.

Foreign Minister Paet said it is positive that on 17 October the first-ever open debate on peace and justice took place in the UN Security Council. The debate focused on the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the Security Council. “Estonia values new proposals for improving communication between the ICC and the Security Council,” the foreign minister said.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) comprises 2 500 organisations that represent civil society from 150 countries. Their goal is to strengthen international co-operation with the ICC.

Estonia is a candidate to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council on 12 November.


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