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PHL Launches Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s bid as ICC Judge

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 Philippine Mission in New York, after duly depositing the instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today, announced the candidature of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago as Judge to the ICC to the 115 States Parties represented in New York.

Amb. Cabactulan said “The Philippines, as a responsible member of the international community saw it fit to seek representation in the ICC and there is no one more qualified than Senator Santiago.”

“Senator Santiago has a proven track record in the Philippines and abroad. Her academic and professional achievements are exemplary and her personal commitment to the rule of law is most admirable. The United Nations recognized as much when it listed her in its 2000 roster of eminent and highly qualified experts on international law,” he added.

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 Court has been active since 2002 and most of the cases referred to the court have been from the African countries of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

The elections to the ICC will be held during the tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties in New York on 12-21 December 2011. There are 6 seats open to 12 candidates including Sen. Santiago. The other candidates are from Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Mauritius, Nigeria, Poland, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The ICC is made up of a Presidency, Judicial Divisions, Office of the Prosecutor, Registry, and other offices. Sen. Santiago, if elected, would serve in the Judicial Division.END




Robert E.A. Borje
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