FM: Palestine must sign Rome Statute to access ICC

Posted: March 5, 2013 in News

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Maan News Agency | March 3, 2013


206551_345x230[1]BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine cannot file complaints at the International Criminal Court until it signs the Rome Statute, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Sunday.

The ICC was established by the Rome Statute and Palestine must sign the treaty to access the court, Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an.

The Palestinian leadership is prepared to sign all international conventions and treaties to allow Palestine to access all world bodies, the minister added.

Last week, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said his organization was planning to complain to the ICC over the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in Israeli custody. An autopsy showed Jaradat was tortured to death, Palestinian officials said.

Regarding the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama, al-Maliki said the trip indicated that Washington was still concerned about Palestinian affairs. (end)



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