Jamaica to join International Criminal Court by year end
After years of appeals and agitation, Jamaica is to move to sign on to the International Criminal Court.
The court tries perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, told the Senate this morning that the drafting of domestic legislation to allow Jamaica to join the court is at an advanced stage.
Senator Golding said it is expected that legislation should be in place by year end.
Over the years, several calls have been made by local and international rights groups for Jamaica to ratify the Rome Statute, which is the treaty establishing and governing the International Criminal Court.
Advocates have asserted that signing on to the court will demonstrate Jamaica’s commitment to the rule of law and to advancing principles of international justice.
On its website, the International Criminal Court says it is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
The Court is an independent international organisation, and is not part of the United Nations system.
The Court sits at The Hague in the Netherlands.