News: UN Secretary-General promotes ratification of Kampala Amendments

UN Secretary-General promotes ratification of Kampala Amendments: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a strong message of support to the Gaborone workshop on ratification and implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the ICC: “The achievement of Kampala has set the stage for a paradigm shift in international law and international relations”. He hoped that more States parties would  ratify the amendment to facilitate their timely activation. He traced the history of the amendments through General Assembly Resolution 3314 to article 2(4) of the Charter, which prohibits the threat or use of force in international relations.

According to the Secretary-General, the United Nations supports efforts to promote ratification of the Kampala Amendments as well as their implementation, which would institutionalize the achievements of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals.

Here is the full text of the message, which was delivered by Zachary Muburi-Muita, Head of the UN Office to the African Union.

 Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs press while participating in the Kampala Review Conference of the International Criminal Court in 2010. © UN Photo/Evan Schneider