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CCR2P Concerned by Russian Withdrawal from the ICC

Michael Switzer

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TORONTO, ON – On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin withdrew Russia’s signature from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002. The ICC is tasked with prosecuting the worst type of crimes, including war crimes,
genocide, and crimes against humanity.

“As an embodiment of legal accountability, the ICC is a strong deterrent that is crucial to the prevention of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity,” said Tina Park, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P).

“The Russian decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute is a symbolic one, as the treaty had not been ratified by the Russian Government. We are nonetheless concerned by Russia’s growing disinterest in cooperating with the international efforts to protect human rights.”

“CCR2P calls on governments around the world to reaffirm their commitments to the ICC. We must continue to hold accountable those who perpetrate genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We owe it to the world’s most vulnerable as part of our
Responsibility to Protect.

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Trudeau and R2P: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls upon the international community to exercise our collective Responsibility to Protect in Syria

Michael Switzer

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The Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect wholeheartedly welcomes the statement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today regarding the United Nations General Assembly plenary meeting on Syria.  
 
In his statement, Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the Responsibility to Protect:  “I encourage other countries to help generate forward momentum on Syria, given UN members have a collective responsibility to protect the world’s vulnerable and weak when others cannot or will not.”  
 
The Canadian Centre for R2P applauds Prime Minister Trudeau’s leadership in re-claiming R2P and Canada’s proud tradition in championing global humanitarianism. 
 
Moving forward, we urge the Canadian government to take concrete steps to operationalize R2P in light of the on-going crisis in Syria, by appointing a National R2P focal point, expanding our humanitarian aid programme, and serving as a vocal advocate of responsibility to protect on the international stage.  

(Photo sourced from CBC News)

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