#ICC does have jurisdiction over #Gaza : Palestine needs a 'sponsor state' #ICC4Israel

My thoughts as Secretary General of Japanese Network for ICC (JNICC) on how Palestinians can rightfully bring justice to the perpetrators of the crimes allegedly committed by Israel in Gaza but with international support, and in particular, Japan's support (More accurately put, Japanese people's support).
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Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

People assuming that ICC has no jurisdiction over matters in Gaza is sorely wrong. It has various ways to exercise jurisdiction #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 20:23:08 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

For example, Article 14 of the Rome Statute allows a state party to refer the case to the Court that they need deem to have its attention.

13/08/2014 20:26:52 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The 7/31 HRC resolution allows the independent commission to conduct investigation with cooperation of conflicting parties. #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 20:30:23 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Although 7/31 resolution does not have enforcing power compared to UNSCR, it still can be substantiated as evidence for legal prosecution.

13/08/2014 20:33:14 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Since Gaza is Palestinian territory, all they have to do is to accept ICC's jurisdiction with referral from a state party. #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 20:37:31 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

What the Palestinians need is a partner state who can refer the case to the ICC on their behalf, sparing their effort to join the Court.

13/08/2014 20:39:36 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Joining the ICC may not be easy because it has to be recognized as a 'state' by the Assembly of States Parties. They may be resistance.

13/08/2014 20:46:06 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The resistance of Palestine joining ICC will come from the 17 abstaining states and others that do not recognize her statehood. #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 20:50:56 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

On December 2012 overwhelming number of states recognized the statehood of Palestine to grant observer status in the UN system.

13/08/2014 20:57:14 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Of those 194 states in total, 122 is member of the ICC-ASP. We don't know how many will object for Palestine's membership. #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 21:02:41 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

I know for sure my own country Japan will abstain the vote, including UK and all EU countries. That's a big chunk out of 122. #ICC4Israel

13/08/2014 21:07:06 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Japan and EU together pays the lions share of ICC's budget. So many states will listen to them. There is only Jordan from Middle East.

13/08/2014 21:15:59 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

So it is only rational to have a sponsor state instead of having. Palestine go through the accession process to the ICC. Just one state.

13/08/2014 21:25:19 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

That is only we need. And it really is depressing that Japan can't be that one state partnering with the Palestinians. It really is a shame.

13/08/2014 21:29:49 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 I've written a piece in EN/JP on #ICC4Israel. We Japanese are stakeholders on this issue. facebook.com/notes/takahiro…

17/08/2014 19:51:19 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 As a follow-up to my prev article what I tweeted in JP was that Japanese ppl have great responsibility to lobby JP govt.

18/08/2014 04:12:17 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 Japan is the largest single donor of ICC budget and has great influence over its policies. So I proposed JP ppl to lobby

18/08/2014 04:15:26 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 Unfortunately as a state, Japan has become military sponsor to Israel. So we as ppl must stand strong for what is right

18/08/2014 04:21:06 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 Impartial justice can only be served under the ICC. So we JPN need to give utmost support to promote ICC involvement.

18/08/2014 04:23:00 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 In order to do so we JP ppl need to be aware that WE ARE stakeholders. That was the point of my long tweets. The End.

18/08/2014 04:24:34 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 I tried to tweet the same thing in ENG on this account so pls look at my last log. I'll compile them in chirpstory soon.

18/08/2014 04:38:26 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 This is my chirpstory account. Please keep your eye out for updates: chirpstory.com/id/tkatsumi_e Talk to you soon :)

18/08/2014 04:45:01 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

@GHSRISPA @liberto3 And this for your reference: Why Japan abstained the UN resolution against Israel fb.me/2HJ2J2OrO #ICC4Israel

18/08/2014 06:29:25 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

One another way to allow #ICC jurisdiction over #Gaza - Art.12.3 #ICC4Israel Follow my tweets to continue reading.

18/08/2014 10:47:58 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Aside from Art.14 there is also Art.12.3 that allows a non-state party to declare to accept ICC jurisdiction. #ICC4Israel

18/08/2014 10:48:28 WIB
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