KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) has welcomed Malaysia’s decision to participate and ratify the Rome Statute which is the basis for the International Criminal Court (ICC). ABIM president Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim said in a statement today that Abim appreciated the participation and ratification as a clear signal of the commitment of the country in ensuring that universal peace is protected, and justice and basic rights upheld without any compromise.
He said ICC’s scope covered investigations, trials and judgement of criminal activities including the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of intrusion.
“Abim hopes that Malaysia’s rights and position in ICC will be used to uphold justice and protect the basic rights of Muslims throughout the world, especially in Palestine, the ethnic Rohingya people, Syria, and the Uighur people who are suffering from the cruelty and oppression by irresponsible parties.
“This ratification is historic because it is an important reflection of Malaysia’s commitment as part of the international community which upholds universal peace,” he said.
Malaysia signed the instrument to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday. Wisma Putra in a statement yesterday said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah signed the Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of ICC yesterday (March 4) and the instrument was deposited to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the same day. The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC and was adopted at a diplomatic conference in Rome on July 17, 1998 and entered into force on July 1, 2002. The Malay Mail Online.