Guatemala 03.04.2012. The British Embassy in Guatemala welcomes Guatemala’s formal accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 2 April.
David McNaught, Chargé d'Affaires of the British Embassy in Guatemala, said: “Guatemala’s ratification of the Rome Statute is good news for Guatemalans and Guatemala’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law and efforts to tackle impunity. It brings the number of ICC States Parties up to 121. The continued expansion of the Court’s jurisdiction is a reflection of its growing importance on the international stage as an independent permanent judicial body. The United Kingdom is committed to achieving universality of the Rome Statute, and we welcome the steps taken by the government of
Guatemala to complete the ratification process. ICC jurisdiction now covers the whole of Central and South America, apart from El Salvador and Nicaragua.”
The British Embassy also stated that the UK is a strong supporter of the ICC, which is now established as a cornerstone of the international community’s efforts to combat impunity and provide justice to the victims of the most serious crimes.
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Picture: Barbara Schieber, Adolescent mayan, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala