The draft amendments to the Constitution, already adopted in first reading, postponing the ratification of the Rome Statute by Ukraine for another long 3 years. This was stated by Secretary General of the international organization «Parliamentarians for global action David Donat-Cattin, Ukrainian Pravda wrote.
Donat-Cattin stressed that Ukraine still is not a state party to the International criminal court and has no opportunity to participate in the work of the court, while the jurisdiction of the ISS it is subject.
«We believe that it would be logical to cancel the delay of the ratification of the Rome Statute for three years, which is now provided by the amendments to the Constitution», — he noted.
«We very much hope that Parliament and the President, with the support of civil society will find a way to reduce this period to a maximum of one year and will support international justice, especially to victims of the conflict in Donbass», — he added.
«The ratification of the Rome Statute would ensure the impossibility of avoidance of punishment for international crimes and, thus, will be a new beginning for peace talks, where the leaders will strive to achieve real, lasting and just peace, no matter whether it be in the format of «Minsk-3″ or any other», he said.
Parliamentarians for global action (PGA) is the largest transnational network of members of parliaments from all regions of the world that support the effective functioning of the International criminal court and the overcoming of impunity.
The Rome Statute of the International criminal court of 17 July 1998 was signed by Ukraine on 20 January 2000 but is still not ratified.
The current government has committed itself to take all measures for the ratification of the Rome Statute within the framework of the Association Agreement with the EU.
January 16, 2015 in the Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law № 1788 «On amendments to article 124 of the Constitution of Ukraine (on recognition of provisions of the Rome Statute)». According to the explanatory note, the bill is designed to create the constitutional preconditions for recognizing by Ukraine the jurisdiction of the International criminal court on conditions prescribed by the Rome Statute of the ICC. The draft law proposes to Supplement article 124 of the Constitution of Ukraine part six: «Ukraine may recognize the jurisdiction of the International criminal court on the conditions of the Rome Statute of the International criminal court».
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman said that the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International criminal court requires amending the Constitution of Ukraine.
World parliamentarians call on the government to adopt the Rome Statute of the 17.02.2016