Last week, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued the following letter to Pheu Thai MP and Red Shirt leader Dr Weng.
The letter outlines the steps that need to be taken by the Thai government in order to accept the ICC’s jurisdiction with regards to international crimes (crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide), since Thailand is not a State Party to the Rome Statute.
This letter reaffirms that Thailand does not need to sign the treaty in order to grant jurisdiction. Instead, the government may issue a declaration that states that Thailand accepts the ICC’s jurisdiction, in accordance with Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute. The declaration can be sent as a letter to the ICC. The letter should state clearly the situation over which the government accepts the ICC’s jurisdiction. The government may also include documents that relate to the alleged crimes in question.