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  5/8/2014, Iyar 8, 5774

Groups Call for PA to Join International Criminal Court


Palestinian Authority and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, urged PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Thursday to ensure that the PA pursues the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court "by promptly acceding to the Rome Statute and/or filing a further declaration accepting the Court’s jurisdiction over crimes committed on Palestinian territory from 1 July 2002," according to the Amnesty International Website.

The letter said, "Palestine’s accession in April to 20 international treaties and conventions was a significant and positive step, obliging the Palestinian government to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, and requiring Palestinian forces to abide by international rules on armed conflict. Accession to the Rome Statute would be a vital further step towards protecting human rights by ensuring that the ICC can step in to address impunity when domestic authorities are genuinely unable or unwilling to do so."