For Immediate Release
Palestine Joins ICC: Attorneys Say New Door for Accountability Open
NEW YORK - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to news that Palestine has moved to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), along with numerous other treaties including the two Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
With the move to grant the ICC jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Palestine, a new door is open to hold Israeli officials accountable for the serious violations committed against Palestinians. This is one avenue the United States cannot block. U.S. and Israeli efforts to keep Palestine from accepting both the protections and responsibilities of the ICC – a court neither country will join – have failed. We hope this marks the end of the era of Israeli impunity and U.S. complicity.
We congratulate the many Palestinians, including our colleagues at PCHR and Al Haq, who have long worked non-violently and within the confines of international law for justice, on today’s developments.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.