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Statement by Ms. Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Estonian Mission to the UN at the Interactive panel discussion on the occasion of International Justice Day, 17 July 2018

17.07.2018

Statement by Ms. Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative  of the Estonian Mission to the UN at the
Interactive panel discussion on the occasion of International Justice Day

20th anniversary of the Rome Statute:
the need for universality and the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression

As a long-standing supporter of the International Criminal Court, Estonia highly appreciates this panel discussion.

The application of international law, including the Rome Statute, is vital for the prevention of the most serious crimes and the deterrence of conflicts. International law does not only reduce the risk of intolerable practices, but provides transparency and predictability of State behaviour.

We consider that the consensual decision adopted last December by the Assembly of States Parties to activate the Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression as of 17 July 2018 was one of the most promising developments concerning the ICC in recent years.

Estonia has been the victim of aggression by more than one totalitarian regime and we have witnessed the harm this crime entails. It is important to acknowledge that the crime of aggression is not just an abstract, political crime against another state. Similarly to the crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes it inflicts real human suffering and loss of life. We have also recently witnessed the acts of aggression in our continent – 2008 in Georgia and 2014 in Ukraine.

We invite all States Parties that have not yet done so to accept or ratify the amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression as soon as possible.

Estonia has been a longstanding supporter of Trust Fund for Victims and we will definitely continue contributing to the fund this year and in the future.

The purpose of the ICC to fight impunity and prevent grave crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world remains as valid as 20 years ago. We are confident that, with our collective support, the ICC will continue to play an important role in maintaining peace and ensuring justice for our and future generations.

Thank you!

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