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What the Rome Statute means for Indonesia

  • Lina A. Alexandra

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  10:55 am

After a long debate, the step taken by the Indonesian government to finally ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court should be welcomed as a gesture that shows more commitment to the protection of human rights in this country.

At the ASEAN level, Indonesia will be the third party to ratify the statute after Cambodia (2002) and the Philippines (2011), and extends the overall list of states that have done so to 122.

The Rome Statute, which was issued in 1998 and came into force on July 1, 2002, essentially regulates the establishment and work of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC has jurisdiction in four limited crimes, namely genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.

If we look further into the document, the crimes in question not only threaten human life but also include violence or destruction ...