After intending to join ICC in March 2019, now Malaysia does not want to ratify

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On March 4, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah signed the Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of the ICC.  This means the state will , after ratifying , recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC), a permanent court set up in 1998 which can try crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression committed anywhere in the world.

One of the major reasons to join ICC was MH17. ¬†“The best way to bring justice to victims of crimes of this magnitude is for national courts to be complemented by the ICC,” Human Resources Minister Kulasegaran¬† said in November 2018. And after ratification of the treaty, Kulasegaran said that “by joining the ICC, Kuala Lumpur can now play an important role in all matters related to crimes against humanity”.

However, at April 5 Malaysia announced it will withdraw from ratifying the Rome State. Leaked documents show Malaysia might have changed its mind on ratifying Rome Statute after fears it could leave the King open to court prosecution.

At April 8 a group of students has started an online petition urging the government to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The students say this is in the interest of seeking justice for victims of the downed MH17.

Their petition stated that the Rome Statute was needed as the perpetrators behind the 2014 shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft could be brought before the ICC.

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