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Condoleeza Rice Discusses The International Criminal Court With Indonesian Officials

NGOWatch

April 11, 2006

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was in Indonesia during the week of March 13, 2006, and discussed the issue of the International Criminal Court with Indonesian officials. Indonesia is not a party to the Rome Statute, which created the International Criminal Court, but under US law must agree to exempt US citizens from extradition to the ICC if it wants American military aid money. Such agreements, called Article 98 agreements, are permitted under the Rome Statute. According to an article in the International Herald Tribune (http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/16/news/extra.php), human rights groups are criticizing the United States for asking Indonesia to sign an Article 98 treaty.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), which has been described as an international network of more than 2,000 non-governmental and civil society organizations, has been lobbying more Caribbean countries to ratify the Rome Statute. To date, only half of the sixteen Caribbean countries have acceded to the ICC. The CICC targets countries that have not signed the treaty with "ratification campaigns" until the countries agree. See http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000007/000747.htm for a discussion of how the CICC has target Suriname in its latest campaign.