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International Criminal Court Commends Fiji’s Leadership Position In The Region

Fiji’s leadership in the South Pacific region and on the international stage was commended this week by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji made the
20 Jul 2018 10:00
International Criminal Court Commends  Fiji’s Leadership  Position In  The Region
Ambassador Saran (right) greets ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji at the Hague in Rome. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji’s leadership in the South Pacific region and on the international stage was commended this week by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji made the remarks during talks with Fiji’s Head of Mission to the European Union, Ambassador Deo Saran on Tuesday.

The meeting, held at the margins of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC, was an opportunity for Ambassador Saran to reiterate Fiji’s commitment to the values and mission of the ICC.

The Rome Statute was the international treaty that established the ICC and is the first permanent treaty-based international criminal court established to help end impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

Fiji is one of the few Pacific countries to have incorporated the statute’s provisions within its domestic law, in the form of the Crimes Decree.

During their meeting, the ICC President commended Fiji’s leadership role in international fora especially in the area of climate action.

He highlighted that given this position, he hoped Fiji would play a key role in encouraging other Pacific states to join the ICC.

In welcoming these remarks, Ambassador Saran said Fiji was committed to working closely with the ICC. He also welcomed their own commitment and noted that the ICC addressed Pacific Leaders and Ministers at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in 2017 where a call was made to Pacific leaders to join Fiji at the ICC.

Whilst in The Hague for the anniversary of the Rome Statute, Ambassador Saran participated as a Juror in a mock trial as part of the anniversary programme.

Source: DEPTFO News

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