Azerbaijan has said it wants to end impunity for mass crimes.
The best way to turn these words into action would be to become a member of the international court set up to do just that – the ICC.
Nearly 70 years after the Nuremburg trials, the world continues to suffer the horrors of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Azerbaijan included in its 2000 Criminal Code provisions on criminal responsibility for crimes against humanity and war crimes reflecting the definitions in the Rome Statute, and has made several statements at the United Nations Security Council in favor of the ICC.
Azerbaijan Deputy Permanent Representative Tofig F. Musayev at the November 2013 UNSC meeting on the situation in Libya said, “The contribution of the International Criminal Court to fighting against impunity is evident, and the Court’s activity to that end should be further supported.”
That’s why we are calling on Azerbaijan to accede to the Rome Statute.
By joining the Court, Azerbaijan will not only contribute to ending impunity but also prevent such crimes from taking place.
The protective shield and deterrent effect of international prosecutions increasingly give pause to individuals considering committing these crimes.
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