Mandela: ICC pays tribute to Mandela

New York US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sent its condolences to the people of South Africa, the African continent, as well as the international community on the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

The ICC in a statement described Mandela as "a global voice for justice and equality".

It recalled that it was on 17 July 1998, during Mandela’s Presidency, that South Africa became one of the first ten signatories of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

It also quoted him as saying: "We have sought to ensure that the ICC is guaranteed independence and bestowed with adequate powers. Our own continent has suffered enough horrors emanating from the inhumanity of human beings towards human beings.

"Who knows, many of these might not have occurred, or at least been minimised, had there been an effectively functioning International Criminal Court."

The statement noted that even during Mandela's 27 years of imprisonment, he never lost hope that a transformation from injustice to justice would take place in South Africa and around the globe.

"His long walk to freedom changed the world forever and millions of people from diverse backgrounds and life situations celebrate and recognize his significance in the shaping of a more humane global citizenry.

"Mandela acknowledged the importance of an international court in that process, as well as its potential for the prevention of future human suffering."

ICC said while the cascade of justice had yet to spread everywhere, "the spirit of Mandela continues to inspire us to reach that goal, and the ICC continues its work to help prevent impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern and to realise a safer future for all".
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06 december 2013 15:20:42

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