International Criminal Court 10 years in, Italy still in default
On the anniversary of the Treaty establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), No Peace Without Justice and the Radical Party are organising a panel discussion to be held on Tuesday, July 17, from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Nasiriyah room of the Italian Senate.
It will be an opportunity, not only to celebrate a historical date for international criminal justice, but above all to report on the status of a bill, which is currently blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee, that would adapt the Rome Statute to Italian legislation.
The bill was presented in the Chamber of Deputies three years ago, in May of 2009, and has been locked in an endless back and forth between the two houses of parliament. We now believe that the Italian government, having no further excuses nor justifications, must rectify the matter without further delay.
It has been 14 years since the Diplomatic Conference held in Rome established the International Criminal Court, and it took 10 years to obtain the necessary ratifications for the ICC to enter into force. Italy is one of the countries that invested the most in diplomatic efforts to make all of this possible. It was one of the first countries to ratify the Rome Statute but, to date, it has not yet ratified its own legal system.
This remarkable delay prevents Italian national courts and authorities from cooperating with the Court in its investigative and judicial activities, and it puts Italy in a situation of flagrant breach, vis-à-vis international obligations, thereby making the country a potential haven for perpetrators of the most heinous crimes against humanity.
For instance, should current Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, for whom the Court has issued an arrest warrant for war crimes and crimes against humanity, find himself on our national territory, Italian courts would have no legal instrument for issuing an arrest. Italy’s complicity to make impunity prevail over justice would thus be undeniable.
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT 10 YEARS IN, ITALY STILL IN DEFAULT
Senate room "Nasiriyah"
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
14h00 Opening address by Vice-President of the Senate, Emma Bonino
14h05 Sergio Augusto Stanzani Ghedini, President of No Peace Without Justice and the Radical Party
14h10 Demba Traoré, Secretary of the Radical Party
14:15 The Italian contradiction, the bill for adaptation to the Rome Statute
Moderator: Marco Perduca, Senator (Radicals-PD), Vice President of the Senate of the Radical Party and Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)-Italy
Rita Bernardini, MP (Radicals-PD), a member of the Judiciary Committee
Felice Casson, Senator, Group Vice President of the Democratic Party, member of the Judiciary Committee
Barbara Contini, Senator (API-FLI), member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Staffan de Mistura, Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Lamberto Dini, President of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Laura Allegrini, Senator (PDL), rapporteur of the bill on cooperation with the ICC, the Justice Committee
Lapo Pistelli, MP (PD), member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman, Organizing Committee of the Parliamentary Consultative on International Criminal Court and the rule of law, Rome, 2012
14h50 The Rome Statute 10 years after entering into force
Moderated by: Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, Secretary of No Peace Without Justice
Silvana Arbia, Magistrate, Registrar of the International Criminal Court
Francesco Rutelli, Senator (API-FLI), former mayor of Rome
Giovanni Battista Conso, President Emeritus of the Constitutional Court, former Minister of Justice
Mauro Politi, Magistrate, former judge of the International Criminal Court
Cuno Tarfusser Jacob, Magistrate, judge of the International Criminal Court
David Donat Cattin, Legal Advisor, Senior Director, Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
15h40 Conclusions: Marco Pannella
To access the premises of the Senate, men are required to wear suit and tie.
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