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01 SEPTEMBER 2011
PHL DEPOSITS INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION; BECOMES 117 TH STATE TO JOIN ROME STATUTE SYSTEM
30 August 2011 United Nations, New York Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippines deposited today the Philippine Instrument of Ratification to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The deposit was made in simple ceremonies at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section and witnessed by Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In a statement following the ceremony, Ambassador Cabactulan said “The Philippines, a democracy that champions international law and the rule of law, views being party to the Rome Statute of the ICC as a vital part of the on-going global campaign to end impunity and violence against individuals and to further strengthen a rules-based international system, specifically in relation to international human rights law and humanitarian law.”
“It is is a clear signal of the importance with which the Philippines places to this treaty,” he added. Amb. Cabactulan further elaborated that “The ICC also serves as a deterrent against genocide and other heinous crimes and ensures that all perpetrators of these serious crimes of concern are held accountable.”
The ICC is an independent international body, separate from the United Nations system and is the first permanent international court that deals specifically with the gravest crimes facing humanity. It is based in the Hague, Netherlands and has jurisdiction over individuals from States that are parties to the treaty in cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The ICC is made up of a Presidency, Judicial Divisions, Office of the Prosecutor, Registry, and other offices. The United Nations Security Council may refer cases to the Prosecutor who may also start investigations. The cases considered by the Court since 2002 have been mostly in Africa, such as Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the Instrument of Ratification on 6 May 2011 while the Philippine Senate concurred on 24 August 2011, thus paving the way for the deposit on 30 August 2011. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago sponsored Senate Resolution Number 546 which gave the Senate’s concurrence. Senator Legarda was co-sponsor. END
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