22 Dec Speaking of ICC Membership…
Two interesting articles today about countries that want the ICC to get involved in their internal problems. First, the Indian government apparently wants the Court to prosecute Pakistanis who are responsible for masterminding terrorist attacks, including the recent attack in Mumbai: “[h]ighly placed government sources have told TIMES NOW that decks are being cleared by New Delhi to get the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sanction individual entities in Pakistan that are on India’s most wanted list. The option is being considered by the Indian government as part of diplomatic efforts to get Pakistan to cough up terrorists on India’s ‘most wanted’ list.”
Second, the Iraqi government seems to want the Court to prosecute the MKO, an Iranian terrorist organization currently plying its trade in Iraq: “[t]he Iraqi top judge for campaign against terrorism in the country Jomeh Abdul Davoud has suggested the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) file an appeal against members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) to review the terrorist measures of the group. ‘There is a long way to go to fight against terrorism and all nations and countries should become unified for the goal’, he said in a meeting with families of MKO victims.”
Worthy suggestions, both. To which I would offer one of my own: if you want the ICC to get involved, ratify the Rome Statute. That makes the process much easier.