Ad-Hoc Committee on International Justice-1994
Topic 1: Rome Statute Negotiations-White Paper
The nation of Russia hopes to work with the international community to design an effective international tribunal, while also respecting national sovereignty. The nation of Russia feels strongly that individuals who commit international crimes must face justice. However, the nation of Russia also wants to ensure that national sovereignty is upheld throughout the process.
Previously, the nation of Russia has supported both the creation of International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Additionally, the nation of Russia has both signed and ratified the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Russia stands unequivocally against all forms of genocide and believes these crimes must be addressed by the international criminal justice system. In regards to a general criminal court, the Russian Federation believes that the tribunal should be reserved for only the gravest crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In addition, the Russian Federation believes that the United Nations Security Council should be responsible for referring cases to the Court. The nation of Russia is hopeful that the international community can work together to create a fair and just system to respond to international crimes. Furthermore, the nation of Russia hopes that by establishing an international criminal tribunal, the international community can prevent further instances of genocide. The Russian Federation looks forward to working with the body to draft a thorough and comprehensive statute.