Monday, 1 January, 2001: United States President Clinton authorized the U.S. on Sunday to sign a treaty creating a permanent international criminal court to try war criminals. More than 130 nations have signed the treaty, including most U.S. allies. The parliaments of 27 nations have ratified the Rome Treaty; 60 governments are needed for the treaty to go into effect. North Korea, Libya, China and Iraq have not joined the treaty. [CNN]
The above may be a routine piece of news, but may hold the seeds for the salvation for our beloved Libya from the iron-grip of the corrupt and immoral regime of Ghaddafi and his thugs. With this international apparatus, it may be possible to fight this thug and his criminal co-conspirators back by invoking international treaties and laws. This begins by documenting every violation made by this criminal regime. I believe that the Libyan people can easily prove war crime charges against not only the elements of the regime, but Ghaddafi himself. I call for the establishment of a database of the violations against the Libyan people to be presented to the International Criminal Court in due time.