Resolution On The International Criminal Court

Approved by the General Assembly November 11, 1999

WHEREAS, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has supported the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC); and

WHEREAS, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was adopted in 1998 and submitted to governments for ratification;

THEREFORE the International Justice and Human Rights Program Ministry Committee of Church World Service and Witness recommends that the CWSW Unit Committee recommend to the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. that it:

a) commend the United Nations and the International Conference in Rome for the drafting and adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC);

b) call upon the United States administration to provide international leadership by signing the treaty, submitting it to the Senate for ratification, and supporting the creation of the International Criminal Court;

c) call to the attention of the member communions the action and its rationale taken by the 211th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding the International Criminal Court,

1) commending the rationale for study and reflection; and

2) recommending that similar action be taken by each communion.

Policy Base:

"Resolution on the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations" (Resolution adopted by NCCCUSA General Board, November 12, 1993)

"The United Nations and World Community," (Policy Statement adopted by NCCCUSA General Board, May 4, 1977)

"Resolution on Human Rights" (Resolution adopted by NCCCUSA General Assembly, December 7, 1972

"Human Rights" (Pronouncement adopted by NCCCUSA General Board December 6, 1963)