The claim that genocide and massive environmental destruction “ ecoside '' should be regarded as the same level of international crime
An island country located in the South Pacific,VanuatuIs a wide-ranging long-term environmental destruction actEco sideAs an international crime equivalent to a mass slaughterInternational Criminal CourtIsabella Kaminsky, a freelance journalist, has compiled.
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At a meeting of the International Criminal Court held on December 3, 2019 (Tuesday), Ambassador John Licht of the Republic of Vanuatu stated that “ an act equivalent to the ecoside should be an international crime ''International Criminal Court Rome RegulationsArgued that revisions to should be considered.
At the time of writing, the crimes covered by the International Criminal Court Rome RegulationsCrimes against humanity・War crimes・Aggression crimeThere are four. To add the ecoside claimed by the Republic of Vanuatu, it is necessary to revise the International Criminal Court Rome Code. The authority of the International Criminal Court applies to 122 Member States at the time of writing.
The Republic of Vanuatu, where damage from sea level rise has been a major problem, has been at the International Forum for many years.Climate justiceAnd in 2015Cyclone PamAs a result of the damage caused by, I came to appeal for climate justice more strongly.
The Republic of Vanuatu is the first country to officially announce the “stop eco-side” that tackles the eco-side, but following VanuatuRepublic of MaldivesHas also expressed its commitment. Ahmed Salem, a member of the Maldives Parliament and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Climate Change and Environment, said in the statement: “There are few specific actions at the multilateral level to bring about change for the ecoside. No, the time has come for climate change damage to be recognized as part of the international criminal justice system. "
In order to change the International Criminal Court Rome Regulations, the head of state, a party to the International Criminal Court, must submit a formal amendment and obtain approval from more than two-thirds of the member states.
The statement by the Republic of Vanuatu is an NGO that was established in 2017 by British lawyer Polly Higgins,Stop ecosideMr. Kaminsky says it is the result of the activities that have been conducted.
The idea of ecoside has been around 50 years ago and was considered in the initial draft of the International Criminal Court Rome Regulations, but was rejected due to the backlash of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Again about the Ecoside being considered by the International Criminal Court Rome Regulations, Stop Ecoside's Jojo Meta said that a formal amendment will be submitted as early as 2020. “This is not just the time, but a long-awaited idea. The Republic of Vanuatu has pledged to call for ecoside consideration. Countries recognize the damage caused by climate change and politics “What we are doing is accelerating a very important legal necessity,” says Meta.
Acted as the 266th PopePope FranciscoAlso supports the idea of making the ecoside a crime, and in November 2019 he taught the Catholic ChurchPropose to add "crimes against the natural environment"doing.