Rodrigo Duterte

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Duterte’s ICC prospects

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Duterte’s ICC prospects
We talk to Param-Preet Singh, associate director of the Human Rights Watch International Justice Program

President Rodrigo Duterte will never cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), says his spokesperson Harry Roque whom the government just nominated to the United Nation’s International Law Commission.

Non-cooperation is not just a tough-talking rhetoric, it is also a signal to the ICC’s pre-trial chamber. Cooperation is seen as crucial to the success of an investigation, and the Rome Statute requires that a probe serve the interest of justice.

“It is not in pursuit of substantial justice,” said Roque, claiming that he’s “confident” that the pre-trial chamber will reject the investigation on this basis. He also claimed that Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s evidence is hearsay as it is based on public information.

But Bensouda has a six for six success rate when it comes to securing investigations. The pre-trial chamber can decide in roughly three months.

To discuss the workings of the ICC further, we talk to Param-Preet Singh, associate director of the Human Rights Watch International Justice Program. He has extensive experience in international justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

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