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ICC says it cannot act on Sri Lanka

Jul 18, 2011 8:00:33 AM - itnnews.lk

The International Criminal Court has said that it is not in a position to act on matters relating to non-signatory states of the Rome Statute such as Sri Lanka, Israel and the United States.

International criminal Court President Sang – Hyun Song said one of the most glaring omissions with regard to their powers is their inability to deal with acts of international terrorism by non-state parties. In an interview with The Australian, he said another omission is the inability to act on the alleged abuses by the Sri Lankan military during the final stages of the country’s war against terrorism.

He said both of these matters were beyond their limited jurisdiction. The court covers just four areas; genocide, war crimes, aggression and crimes against humanity. Song said there had been an attempt to include terrorism but it had not yet succeeded.

Song was speaking to The Australian during a break in the Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Meeting in Sydney.