Wednesday, July 26, 2006

House directs govt to ratify ICC Statute

The House of Representatives (HoR) Tuesday unanimously directed the Government for the immediate ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Addressing house session Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs K P Oli committed on behalf of the government to take necessary steps for the ratification of the international humanitarian law.

The decision of the HoR to ratify the ICC Statute was an important commitment made by the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) during the popular movement in favour of human rights and humanity, Speaker Subash Nembang told The Rising Nepal.

The decision of the House has uplifted the dignity of nation in the international arena, as human rights activists and organisations have continuously raised the issue of ratification, Nembang added.

It would be another viable means to end state of impunity, after the ratification of the ICC Statute, he said.

Meanwhile, human rights activist have welcomed Tuesday's direction of HoR to ratify the ICC, but they simultaneously demanded that the government take necessary steps to be a signatory to the international statute.

More than hundred nations around the world have already ratified the ICC Statute.

Nepal has already ratified more than 16 international humanitarian laws.

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