published report of the Eighth Session of the International Criminal Court's Assembly
of States Parties substantiates the frequently made charge that the court is dominated
by European and Western powers.
date, the ICC has only investigated and indicted citizens from African countries.
Cook, the late UK foreign minister, once said: "The ICC was not created
so as to bring to book prime ministers of the United Kingdom or presidents of
the United States of America".
the contributions to the ICC's approved budget for 2009 of 96.4 million euros,
57.2 million euros of assessed contributions is accounted for by European countries.
In addition, Australia, Canada and New Zealand account for another 7.2 million
euros. Japan, by the end of the year, will have given 21.1 million euros and South
Korea a further 3.1 million euros.
the European countries, Britain will have given by the end of the year 9.5 million
euros, France 9, Italy 7.1, Spain 4.2 and Germany 12.3.
the section of the ICC's own website entitled "How is the Court funded?"
it interestingly reveals that the court also receives money from "international
corporations, individuals, and other entities". No details are provided
and in its report of May 13 2009, the Assembly of States Parties also makes no
reference to these mysterious donors. The thought of private interests such as
major multinational businesses helping to finance a judicial organisation is one
that should be of great alarm to all those who believe in the rule of the law.
ICCwatch director Marc Glendening has contacted the ICC's information department
requesting a breakdown of these non-state contributors.
report's Human Resources tables also demonstrate the extent to which the professional
staff of the ICC is top-heavy with Europeans and westerners. Out of 294 professionals,
147 come from Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of
America (perhaps surprisingly given that that country has not ratified the Rome
Statute). France accounts for 47 members of staff alone, the UK and Germany 19
top D-1 grade, Europe contributes 5 staff members out of 7 and Africa 1. Within
the next grade down, P-5, Europe accounts for 14 and the United States 1 out of
a total of 24. Africa is represented by 6 staff members. When it comes to the
P-4 grade, Europe has 36 out of 55 positions, with the USA taking 3. The total
African representation is only 4 persons.
The ICC report refers too to
the growing co-operation that is taking place between the court and the European
Union Judicial Co-operation Unit (Eurojust) and Europol, the EU's embryonic police
force. The EU is an enthusiastic supporter of the ICC.
Glendening, ICCwatch director, comments:
figures offer a fascinating insight to the degree to which Europe and the West
in general dominate the internal workings of the ICC.
"What is also
of interest is the fact that there are 9 Americans employed within the professional
ranks of the administration and this is extraordinary given that the United States
has not ratified the Rome Statute.
"I will be seeking an explanation
as to why it is that the ICC employs citizens of a country that refuses to subject
its own citizens and leaders to the jurisdiction of the Court."
more information concerning ICCwatch's critique of the International Criminal
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