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Statement by Mr. Ali Nasimfar before the 16th session of the Assembly of States Parties International Criminal Court

Statement by Mr. Ali Nasimfar

Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran

16th session  of the Assembly of States Parties International Criminal Court

December 7, 2017, New York

 

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Mr. Vice president,

At the outset, I would like to thank you as well as H.E Mr. sedigi Kaba, outgoing president of Assembly of State Parties for his commendable leadership in the past 3 years and congratulate judge Gon kwon, newly elected president of Assembly. I would also like to extend our congratulations to the six newly elected judges of the Court.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a signatory of the Rome statute, attaches great importance to the work of the International Criminal Court and its unique role in the promotion of international justice and peace and evolving landscape of international criminal law. We affirm the objectives of the Court and are resolute to support it in achieving these noble objectives, namely fighting impunity and ensuring accountability for the atrocity crimes. It is for this reason that the crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court have already been criminalized in our legal system.

The fact that the ICC has been established as an independent court in relation with the UN system, in our view, puts the Court in a more impartial and prominent position when compared to other political organs. As such, the Court is enabled to work solely on the basis of legal considerations and not political interests. Therefore, to accomplish its mandate efficiently and effectively, it is important that the Court continues to remain apolitical and respond consistently with regard to all cases before it, no matter who the involving parties are. As the President of the Court expressed in her address to the Assembly of State Parties, “the independence of the court from external influence is essential to its identity, credibility and legitimacy”. The Court should therefore be able to independently prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes under its jurisdiction, Particularly, with regard to the crime of aggression, which might involve stronger political aspects.

Mr.  Vice President,

The Islamic Republic of Iran has long been advocating for the inclusion of the crime of aggression in the Rome statute. We are delighted to see that the conditions and the threshold envisaged for activation of the Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression are now met. After activation of the jurisdiction of the Court over the crime of aggression, the Court would be in a position to exercise its jurisdiction over the most principal and serious crime of concern to the international community. This would give the Court the power to safeguard international peace and justice through ending impunity for the crime of aggression. It would be a landmark achievement by the Court which will contribute to the materialization of the quest of the international community, enshrined in the preamble of the United Nations Charter to suppress acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace. We firmly believe that peace and justice are interconnected, mutually reinforcing and should be pursued together. Involvement of the ICC in prosecuting the crime of aggression would certainly have a deterrent effect on the illegal use of force and will promote a global culture of peace. This could increase the legitimacy of the Court and will certainly assist the universality of the Rome statute, hence more countries, especially small countries, will rely on the Court as they will find it as an important institution for the maintenance of their political independence and territorial integrity. 

I thank you. 


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