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"− Madam President, there is little reason to believe in progress. The horrors of the war and persecution of the 20th century compel us to modesty in this century, too. There is one point, however, on which I believe we can indeed speak of progress, and that is international criminal law. It all began with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), followed by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and led to the International Criminal Court. Justice is administered not by the victors in a war, as could still be said of Nuremberg, but by an independent international court. The most serious crimes can be tried there if the state in which they were committed fails, intentionally or otherwise, to prosecute them itself. This way, the world’s sense of justice can be restored after great atrocities and justice is done for the victims, and only then does reconciliation become possible. Lasting peace. This criminal court acts as a deterrent to future war criminals. Impunity is a licence to commit new violence and cannot and must not exist, particularly in the case of the immense atrocities of which Omar al-Bashir stands accused. Kenya is a signatory to the Rome Statute. treaties must be adhered to, otherwise they are undermined, and that is why it is intolerable for al-Bashir to be able to celebrate democracy unhindered in Kenya, when such gross human rights abuses have been committed in his name in his own country Sudan. Thus let this be an appeal, like the one by Mrs Vergiat, to the countries who have yet to sign the Rome Statute, chief among whom the United States. What is Barack Obama waiting for? Strengthening the International Criminal Court will bring us closer to the world order we seek, an order that does not let war crimes go unpunished, that brings us closer to peace and that is based on human rights throughout the world."@en1

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