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Malaysia Bar calls on government to ratify Rome Statute
21 Jan 2009
On January 21, 2009, the Malaysian Bar Council issued a press release urging the government of Malaysia to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as a way to promote peace and oppose crimes against humanity.

The recent violence in Gaza led the Malaysian government to pass a Parliamentary Resolution on January 12, 2009 calling for the establishment of a UN-sponsored War Crimes Tribunal to investigate potential war crimes. The Malaysian Bar Council welcomed this measure, but emphasized that the government should go further to promote international peace and stability by immediately becoming a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC. By joining the Court, Malaysia will demonstrate its commitment to international justice to the global community and will also help endow the ICC with the strength and moral authority it needs to effectively deter future atrocities. The Council thus exhorted the Malaysian government to capitalize on this opportunity and accede to the Statute as soon as possible.