Russia Quits International Criminal Court (ICC)

Tribunal has not lived up to hopes of international community, Moscow says, day after ICC report on Crimea annexation.

Russia says it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) under a directive signed by President Vladimir Putin.

By TesfaNews,

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which prosecutes war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

The President instructed Russia’s foreign ministry to notify the United Nations of the country’s refusal to be subject to the body’s activity on Wednesday, following the same move by Gambia, South Africa and Burundi.

The statement claimed that “the International Criminal Court has not justified hopes placed upon it and did not become a truly independent and authoritative judicial body,” a statement published on Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s website said.

“Russia consistently advocates that people guilty of grave offences must be held accountable, the document points out. Russia was at the origins of creation of Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals, took part in developing of the basic laws against such grave international crimes as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. This is the reason why Russia voted in favor of adopting Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on September 13, 2000,” the statement pointed out.

The decision to withdraw comes amid calls for his military to be referred over air strikes backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and the annexation of Crimea.

Francois Hollande, the President of France, called suggested that Russia should face war crimes charges over its bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo last month.

The Russian statement, however, explained that Russia’s decision not to become a member of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, or, formulated differently, to withdraw its signature from the document, implies legal consequences introduced in Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued an appeal to all countries attempting to withdraw from the ICC on Wednesday.

He said those making the attempt were seeking to “desert victims of the most abominable international crimes” and could not claim their action was based on principle.

“If the State Parties, who apparently have been masquerading in recent years as countries devoted to criminal accountability, want to leave, then they should leave,” Mr al-Hussein added.

“But we are not convinced their position is based entirely on principle. Quite the opposite: it appears to aim more at protecting their leaders from prosecution.”

The commissioner said there was “no substitute” for the ICC, which he hopes will be eventually accepted universally.

The Rome Statute, which took effect in 2002, is the basis for the International Criminal Court’s activity. Russia signed the international treaty in 2000 but has not ratified it so far.

* Sputnik News and the Independent have contributed to the story.

15 thoughts on “Russia Quits International Criminal Court (ICC)

    1. I agree, the current system has ran out its course. Done. I do hope thought there will be some sort of “UN” to keep countries talking.

      1. The world is tired of the corrupt UN, but make no mistake about it; those benefiting from the current system will fight tooth and nails to keep it as is.

  1. ICC is a tool for US and its allays to advance their political and economic interest in poor and powerless countries. ICC mostly actively worked to hunt African leaders in particular those stand against the west. ICC never rise any legal procedure against US and its allays for commuting crime against humanity in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and other part of the world. G.W.Bush and Tony Blair are the most criminal leaders who commute crime against humanity beyond what Hitler did in the 1930’s. Russia takes the right step by withdrawing from ICC.

    1. Very true, and until I see that happen, I for one voted for all African countries for a complete withdrawal from this worthless tribunal.

    1. Well put and said. It is time for AU to say good bye to the corrupt ICC. Do not forget, up to this point, the Western countries used destroy nations and society by sending invading. But these days, they have been using the ICC to destroy nations and countries.

      For the AU, it is high time to say good bye and good luck to ICC. It is time for the African Revolution to start and stop the ICC, UN. We Africans got say “NO” to colonialism, neocolonialism.

      By the way, it is time to bring all the leaders Western nations to ICC for crimes they committed against the human race for the last 5o years. Who gave them the power to be the jury and, the judge, Not any longer.

  2. The ICC is absolutely a charade, it doesn’t function by it’s principles, and targets the poor and powerless, you have the Western Powers some of them non- signatories referring African countries government leaders to the ICC with blatant lies and fabricated evidence, while retaining the veto power to insulate themselves from the unprecedented atrocities they are committing around the world, to further their control and domination, the ICC is a one sided affair and has completely exhausted it’s usefulness like the UN.

  3. This could be the beginning of the end for the UN itself. The organization has become a political tool of the forces of domination and conquest, thus becoming a burden to the vast majority of member states.

  4. Smart decision.african countries should follow suite russia yo undermine its legitimacy.because they are the main target of this can one avoid bieng part of the ICC to escape from accountability of war crimes and advocate others to respect it.the west led by america are engulfed in hypocrisity.they can not outsmart or mislead others anymore. Reality check, sooner or later ICC will be dead and be ready to cry now and

  5. I hate to say I told you so when the IOC first tried to refer Eritrea to the ICC back in July or so, and I mentioned how that would be the death knell for the ICC…so I won’t 😉

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