Fears over justice for Gaza victims

A “dangerous” statement by the office of International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor that it cannot consider allegations of crimes committed during the 2008-9 Gaza conflict means Palestinian and Israeli victims seem likely to be denied justice, Amnesty International said.

The Office of the Prosecutor today said that it cannot consider allegations of crimes committed during the conflict unless the relevant UN bodies or ICC states parties determine that the Palestinian Authority is a state.

“This dangerous decision opens the ICC to accusations of political bias and is inconsistent with the independence of the ICC. It also breaches the Rome Statute which clearly states that such matters should be considered by the institution’s judges,” said Marek Marczyński, Head of Amnesty International’s International Justice campaign.

“For the past three years, the prosecutor has been considering the question of whether the Palestinian Authority is a “state” that comes under the jurisdiction of the ICC and whether the ICC can investigate crimes committed during the 2008-9 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.”

“Now, despite Amnesty International’s calls and a very clear requirement in the ICC’s statute that the judges should decide on such matters, the Prosecutor has erroneously dodged the question, passing it to other political bodies.”

“Amnesty International once again calls on the Prosecutor to follow the procedures established by the Rome Statute by passing the matter to the judges, rather than frustrating efforts to bring justice to Palestinian and Israeli victims of the Gaza conflict.”

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2 thoughts on “Fears over justice for Gaza victims

  1. delia ruhe

    Are there any more ways Gaza and the rest of the Palestinians can be screwed? I’m sure someone will think of something else, as there seems to be no end of ways to persecute those people. As I wrote elsewhere,

    No violent resistance against occupation because Israelis have a right to live in peace.
    No non-violent resistance against occupation because Israel can’t tolerate it.
    No freezing settlement expansion because settlement expansion has no effect on the peace process.
    No appealing to the UN because it will interfere with the peace process.
    No uniting of Hamas and the PA because Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with terrorists.
    No comprehensive BDS because it’s too blunt an instrument for the poor Israelis to bear.

    and add to that,

    No justice at the ICC because Gaza is not a state.

  2. isadore ducasse

    well put delia and if eye may add the whole peace process is run by ashmoles, specially the israeli right

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