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Whereas the International Criminal Court, as the first permanent
international institution to try individuals for the horrendous crimes of
genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity, will become a powerful
new international instrument to pursue this goal and meet this challenge;
Whereas the International Criminal Court will begin its jurisdiction
on July 1, 2002, hold the first session of the Assembly of States Parties in
September 2002, and inaugurate its judges in March 2003, and is expected to
begin hearings in its first cases in June 2003;
Whereas the United States, by its major role in the establishment and
support of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and
for Rwanda, recognized the need to prosecute genocide, war crimes, and other
crimes against humanity through international courts of law;
Whereas the Rome Statute contains numerous safeguards, including
precedence to national courts and prosecutors, thus assuring that Americans who
might be charged by the International Criminal Court can be tried under their
own legal system;
Whereas the International Criminal Court will apply the rule of law to
many types of terrorist acts when terrorism is of primary concern to the United
States and the international community;
Whereas the United States, having signed the Rome Statute, which under
international law signifies support for the basic concepts and principles of a
treaty, on May 6, 2002, officially acted to nullify its signature and formally
announced that it will not cooperate with or participate in any activities of
the International Criminal Court; and
Whereas this action, which is unique in international relations, may
result in the United States actively seeking to undermine the International
Criminal Court and by this precedent weaken its commitments thatsupport
Be it resolved that we, the 2002 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association, requests the President and Moderator of the Unitarian
Universalist Association 1) to strongly urge the President of the United States
to support and cooperate with the International Criminal Court, 2) to direct the
Washington Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association to pursue the
International Criminal Court as a priority activity in concert with other
non-governmental organizations in Washington; and 3) to communicate this Action
of Immediate Witness to the international Unitarian Universalist, Universalist,
and Unitarian communities.
Be if further resolved that the General Assembly urge member
congregations 1) to encourage their congregants to press their Representatives
and Senators to eliminate legislation opposing the International Criminal Court
and to support laws actively promoting it; 2) to call regularly on the United
States administration to work closely with the International Criminal Court; and
3) to cooperate locally with other like-minded persons in these efforts and
efforts to educate and inform Americans about the importance of the
International Criminal Court in establishing the rule of law.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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