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ICC is worst justice say key US rights, justice leaders

By, Human Rights Examiner

Leading American human rights, justice leaders say ICC is causing 'more harm than good'

On Thursday, in preparation for International Justice Day 2011 on July 17, some of America's key human rights and justice leaders stated strong disagreement with the   International Criminal Court (ICC) actions, calling it the worst form of justice, while William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) advised online conference participants that the  Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC, is a great peace treaty and major disarmament treaty. American rights and justice defenders said Thursday that ICC is fueling wars, failing to hold all war criminals accountable, and the warrant for arrest of Muammar Gadaffi caused more harm than good. 

On 17 July, the world is to celebrate International Justice Day 2011, commemorating the 13th anniversary of adoption of the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty. High-profile American human rights and justice leaders on Thursday indicated little cause for celebrating the event. While concurring that national leaders must be held accountable for war crimes, some of America's most active human rights and justice defenders agree that ICC, the legal guardian of the Rome Statute, of which neither United States nor Libya are signatories, is losing credibility due to unjust practices, including its recent warrant for the arrest of Muammar Gaddafi. 

"I'm in favor of indicting and prosecuting national leaders suspected of crimes, but more harm than good is done to the cause of international justice when this practice is not even-handed," David Swanson, author of 'War Is A Lie,' told the Examiner Thursday.

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