05.10.2021 – 12:53
Principality of Liechtenstein
In its meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the government passed the report and motion to the state parliament regarding the changes to the Rome Statute.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is responsible for judging the most serious crimes that affect the international community as a whole: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression. The Rome Statute, which Liechtenstein joined in 2002, forms the legal basis of the ICC. The Rome Statute is constantly being supplemented and expanded. The first round of these expansions was decided in June 2010 under a Liechtenstein resolution, whereby the crime of aggression was included. More than 75 years after the tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo, Wann and global leaders expect criminal prosecution on an international level for the use of serious illegal violence.
With the report and motion adopted by the government, the ratification of some of these amendments WILL now be submitted to the state parliament. Specifically, it concerns the inclusion of biological weapons and the means of war of “starvation”.
With one of these implementation changes, Liechtenstein is making a brief contribution to the fight against impunity for these crimes and confirms its support for the ICC. The ratification represents a logical continuation of Liechtenstein’s commitment in the field of international law and the promotion of the rule of law at the international level.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sports
Martin Frick, Head, Office for Foreign Affairs
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