Activities

UPDATES ON INITIATIVES OF ICC CAMPAIGN IN NEPAL

 

National Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) since its establishment in 2001, has alone and in association with other like-mined NGOs – national, regional and international NGOs and coalitions has been campaigning for the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The campaign has taken momentum after the landmark decision of the House of Representatives (HoR). The campaign aims at raising awareness among the people, media, NGOs, political parties and other stake holders and engaging with the government and parliamentarians to take immediate decision to accede the Statute. The campaign also aims at establishing cooperation with the international initiatives for the accession to ICC by the Nepal Government.

 

National initiatives                                                                                                 

2001

  • 3-4 November: National Consultation on the ICC (Asian Network for the ICC (ANICC) and INSEC)

2002

  • 6 June: Application to the NHRC requesting facilitate the government to ratify the Statute

2003

  • 7 January: A session on ICC during INSEC Study Session
  • 1 July: Interaction programme on “International Criminal Court and Human Rights: Nepalese Perspective”
  • 17 July: Workshop on the ICC

2004

  • 1 July : Interaction on the ICC

2005

  • June: Special issue of INFORMAL (INSEC publication)
  • Press Releases and memorandum in various occasions

 

Post April Revival: Lobby/Advocacy and Awareness:  Engaging with HRDs, Political Parties and Parliamentarians

2006

  • 24 April: Letter to the parliamentarians to be party to international human rights and humanitarian law treaties, including the Rome Statute
  • 16 July  : Publication of a booklet on the ICC
  • 17 July : Sit-in programme demanding accession to the Rome Statute
  • 17 July: Memorandum to Speaker of House of Representatives (HoR)
  • 23 July: Discussion with Members of Parliament concerning need of accession to the Statute
  • 6 August: Re-print of the booklet on the ICC
  • August: Interaction on the ICC in Five Development Regions of Nepal
  • 15-16 August: Facilitate parliamentarians attend “Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Consultation on the ICC” by PGA, the Philippines
  • 27 August: Launching of Nepal Campaign Website
  • August: Joined the Universal Ratification Campaign on Nepal (CICC)
  • 2 November: Workshop on Transitional Justice; discussion on “The International Criminal Court and its Relevancy in the context of Post Janandolan-II in Nepal” (ICHR and INSEC)
  • 3 November: Discussion with leaders of NC, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist (Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) and INSEC)
  • 7 November: Meeting with Parliamentarians on "The Treaty of Rome and Issues of Accession by Nepal" (INSEC and Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the HoR; technical assistance of ICRC)
  • 10 December: Signature Campaign
  • 2 November: Workshop on Transitional Justice; discussion on “The International Criminal Court and its Relevancy in the context of Post Janandolan-II in Nepal” (ICHR and INSEC)
  • 3 November: Discussion with leaders of NC, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist (ICHR and INSEC)
  • 7 November: Meeting with Parliamentarians on "The Treaty of Rome and Issues of Accession by Nepal" (INSEC and Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the HoR; technical assistance of ICRC)
  • 10 December: Signature Campaign

 

2007

  • 1 March: Sit-in and demonstration
  • 1 March: Delegation/Memorandum  to the Speaker of the Interim Legislature Parliament
  • 14 April -14 May: Launched a  New Year Campaign
  • 1-7 July:  one week ICC Campaign (Delegation to PM, Interaction, Launch Nepali version of Rome Statute, 2 July  Meeting with leaders of NC, CPN-UML and NC-D, 3 July  Meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs, 4 July  Meeting with leaders of ULF, 5 July  Meeting with leaders of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) and Nepal Sad Bhavana Party-Anandidevi (NSP-A), 6 July  Meeting with leaders of People's Front Nepal (PFN), 7 July  Interaction, Public Ratification of Rome Statute, Radio programme)

2008

  • June: Launch a year long campaign against Impunity
  • July:  Sit-in and Signature collection in five regional headquarters
  • July: Public Hearing on the ICC

 

2009

  • 21 March: Workshop on the accession and the domestication of the Rome Statute of the ICC in Nepalgunj, Jointly with  International Commission of Jurists and INSEC
  • 28 March  : Workshop on the accession and the domestication of the Rome Statute of the ICC in Pokhara, Jointly with  International Commission of Jurists and INSEC
  • 17 July: Interaction on the accession to the Rome Statute and Ending Impunity, Nepalgunj

 

2010

  • January: Publication of the revision of the existing criminal laws with reference to the Rome Statute of the ICC, National Judicial Academy and INSEC
  • February: Discussion with stakeholders on Significance of Accession to the Rome Statute before ICC Review Conference
  • April: Discussion with key stakeholders on accession to the Rome Statute
  • September: Production of documentary entitled “Acceded to the Rome Statute to end Impunity”     

 

2011

  • January: Urged to ratify Rome Statute of the ICC during the review of Nepal under the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights Council
  • February : Joint program at regional level
  • June: Delivered statement at the 17th session of Human Rights Council while adopting the outcome document on Nepal
  • February-May, Revision of Existing criminal laws and judicial system on the basis of standards set in Rome Statute
  • July, Launching of book entitled “Permanent International Criminal Court: Addressing impunity at the international level: From Nuremberg to the Hague”
  • July, Launching of book entitled “National Preparation for Implementation of Rome Statute”
  • July : Interaction on Impunity and non-implementation of Court Rulings
  • July: Launching and dissemination of book entitled “National Preparation on Implementation of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court”
  • July: Memorandum submission to political parties to recalling their commitment to ratify icc
  • July: Submission of Memorandum to the Legislature parliament requesting submission of follow-up proposal to the government for the accession of Rome Statute
  • Demanding the adoption of the Rome Statute to end the rise of impunity in the country, memorandum has been sent to the Prime Minister from several districts across the nation on July 17
  •  September: Training to the Government attorneys and Defense lawyers on the International Criminal Court

2012

  • January:     National Consultation on finding of base line survey on ICC
  • January:     Training of Trainers for lawyers on the International Criminal Court and                                   Rome Statute at     Kathmandu
  • March:        Training Cum Workshop on the International Criminal Court and Rome                                   Statute at   Kailali,   Banke and Nepalgunj
  • April:          Training Cum Workshop on the International Criminal Court and Rome                                   Statute at   Rupandehi, Makwanpur and Kaski
  • July:           An interaction program on “Serious Human Rights Violations: Universal                                  Jurisdiction and Nepal”
  • July:           Communicated with Secretariat of CICC about the update activities                                         conducted by NCICC
  • July:           Demanding the adoption of the Rome Statute to end the rise of impunity in                                   the country, memorandum has been sent to the Prime Minister from several                                    districts across the nation on July 17
  • August:     Communicated with Secretariat of CICC about the update activities                                         conducted by NCICC

2013

  • July:           17 July, Separate website of NCICC created and launched
  • 17 July:      National Coalition for ICC jointly with International Commission of                                         Jurists, Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) and Human Rights and                                         Democracy Forum (FOHRID) organized a discussion on "National                                      Perspectives on Ending Impunity in Nepal" in Kathmandu   on July 17

 

International Delegation and Experts’ Meeting on the ICC

2002

  • 12-15 May: International Lobby Team to Nepal (CICC, ANICC, FORUM-ASIA, INSEC)

2006

  • 25-27 August: Asian Delegation for the ICC (CICC, ANICC, FORUM-ASIA, NCICC/INSEC)
  • 26 August: Experts’ Meeting on the ICC (FORUM-ASIA and INSEC)
  • 27 August: Press Conference on the Asian Delegation and Experts’ Meeting on the ICC (FORUM-ASIA and INSEC)

2007

  • September: Joint lobby mission with AI and CICC

2009

  • 3 March: National workshop and delegation, jointly with CICC
  • December: Visit of President of the ICC Justice Song

2010

  • 9 February:  Discussion program on significance of accession to the Rome Statute by Nepal before ICC Review Conference
  • 31 August: Discussion program on obstacles on the accession of the Rome Statute in Kantipur Television
  • December: Development of 21 minutes documentary on the Nepal's initiations to the Accession 

Engaging with international stakeholders

2006

  • 23 November – 1 December: INSEC General Secretary at NGO Forums during the 5th Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), the Hague
  • 1 December: Open letter to the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) on the occasion of its Fourth Annual Session, 4-5 December 2006, Tokyo

2007

  • 8 October: Open letter to  the 117th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

2008

  • 15 November: Delivered statement at the 7th Assembly of the State Party (ASP) of the ICC, the Hague
  • 18 November: Submitted a letter to EU presidency of the ICC during the 7th ASP of the ICC, the Hague

 

EU initiatives to push agenda

 2007

  • 8 November:         EU urges Government action on International Criminal Court  2009
  • 16 December: The German Ambassador to Nepal carried out an ICC demarche in Kathmandu, accompanied by the Head of the EU-Delegation and the French Ambassador representing the incoming Presidency, calling for Nepal´s rapid accession to the Rome Statute.

2010

  • 25 February: EU asked Nepal to accede to the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court (ICC) before May, the date for the court's first review meeting.

2011

  • UN member states during the review of Nepal under the Universal Periodic Review urged Nepal to accede to the Rome Statute

 

Response from Government, NHRC, Political Parties, Parliamentarians

2002

  • May: Minister and leaders of political parties positively responded the International Delegation
  • 2002-2006: Political leaders expressed commitment for the ICC in the programs organized in various occasions

2006

  • 17 July: Speaker of the HoR promised support demands for accession to the Rome Statute
  • 25 July : HoR unanimously adopted a Commitment Proposal directing the government to accede to the Rome Statute
  • 25 – 27 August: Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Speaker of HoR, leaders of political parties positively responded the Asian Delegation for the ICC
  • 18 October: Formation of inter-ministerial Task Force to assess the impacts of Nepal becoming party to the Rome Statute of the ICC
  • 14 December: Task force submitted its report to the government
  • 14 December: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs assured that the government would soon begin the process required to become a party to the Statute

2007

  • March: Speaker of Interim Legislature-parliament expressed commitments to push forward the agenda of accession to the Statute; Chief whips of political parties also positively responded the agenda
  • 6 August: NHRC asked Government to Ratify Rome Statute

2009

  • 11 February: FM of Maoist Government, Honourable Uprendra Yadav  submitted an agenda at the cabinet  for immediate ratification of the Rome Statute
  • 5 March: Chairperson of CA expressed hope on submission of proposal by government,  for final endorsement in upcoming winter session
  • 26 July: FM Sujata Koirala expressed commitment to start the process for Nepal to ratify the Rome Statute.
  • 2 December: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala assured the President of the ICC Justice Song to initiate the process of accession soon
  • 3 December: President of United CPN Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal assured President of the ICC, Justice Song that he will initiate dialogue with other parties for accession, after getting full assurance that ICC is not retroactive
  • 16 December: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala promised to talk to those involved in the domestic decision making process, in particular to the Prime Minister and the representatives of the political parties, in order to convince them to accede to the Rome Statute.

2010

  • February: FM expressed commitment to take the proposal of ratification to the High Level Political Mechanism
  • February-March: Interaction on International Criminal in five development regions jointly with ICJ
  • April: Office of the Prime Minister hold a discussion with line ministries and security agencies on accession to the Rome Statute
  • July: Celebration of International Justice Day in five development regions

2011

  • June: Government in its action plan for the implementation of the UPR Recommendations, listed accession to the Rome Statute as one of the major agenda 
  • June: During the adoption of the UPR outcome, government assured international community to ratify Rome Statute

2013:

  • July,17:  During public program to celebrate international Justice day:  

Chairperson of Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum (MJF) Upendra Yadav reiterated his commitment to support accession to ICC.

Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC emphasized on the need of social campaign to end criminalization of politics and politicization of crime. And in this respect, he emphasized for accession to Rome Statute.

 

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