Target: Song Sang-Hyun, President of the International Criminal Court
Goal: Ensure that the perpetrators of crimes against humanity are arrested and brought to justice.
The International Criminal Court (otherwise known as the ICC) is responsible for prosecuting individuals who have committed genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The court is called in as a last resort when national and state governments fail – or are not willing – to prosecute those responsible for such crimes. The members of the ICC will come together on November 20, 2013 to take part in the Assemble of State Parties, where a special segment from the African Union will ask the the prosecution to grant immunity to current sitting leaders and drop the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
This request should be refused immediately. President Uhuru Kenyatta is suspected for inciting violence during his election year, and is accused of crimes against humanity. Kenyatta and other African leaders believe that their nation is being unfairly targeted, as all eight of the current ICC investigators are in Africa. However, the investigators came at the request of other African governments and the United Nations Council, and as stated earlier, the ICC is called in when national or state governments refuse to prosecute those responsible for massive crimes. Obviously other governments felt that these leaders committed serious crimes, and felt powerless to stop them.
It is crucial that the ICC hold every individual responsible for any crimes that they committed, whether they are sitting leaders, senior leaders, or ones that have left office. Immunity should not be granted to these people, otherwise it undermines what the ICC stands for and allows such horrendous crimes to continue. Sign this petition and tell the president of the ICC to refuse this proposal.
Dear President Song Sang-Hyun,
I am aware that the African Union asked that you grant immunity to current sitting leaders in Africa, and to suspend the case involving President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. I am asking that you don’t grant such a ridiculous request. As I understand it, the ICC is called into cases when the national or state governments cannot – or are not willing to – prosecute leaders who have committed crimes. Five of your current ICC investigators are in Africa at the request of other African governments, and two were sent in by the United Nations. I hope you realize that the people of Africa are growing desperate and wish to see justice.
The International Criminal Court should stand for justice, and if you grant these people immunity your organization is shouting to the entire world that crimes can go unpunished. I ask that you refuse this proposal for the sake of what you stand for, and for the victims who suffered.
[Your Name Here]
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