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Updates on Sri Lanka
31 Dec 2005
In June 2005, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry informed the CICC of the existence of a high level interministerial committee entrusted with making a recommendation on accession to the Rome Statute.

While supporting the general principles behind the establishment of the Rome Statute, Sri Lanka abstained from voting for the adoption of the Statute in Rome due to, among other things, the non-inclusion of terrorism, money-laundering, trafficking and similar crimes of concern to small island nations. In addition, questions about the practical application of the principle of complementarity, and the treatment of non-state actors by the ICC remain concerns for the Sri Lankan government.

The two decade long civil war in Sri Lanka has been on hold since 2002, under a ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). While grave crimes committed prior to Sri Lanka's accession to the Rome Statute would not come under the jurisdiction of the ICC, the government remains sensitive to the political implications of accession. Civil society groups and human rights activists continue to call for accession to the ICC as a means of strengthening the peace process and ensuring an end to impunity for grave rights abuses, especially recruitment of child soldiers.