Parliament refuses to accept International Criminal Court [Archives:2006/995/Local News]

October 2 2006

SANA'A, Oct. 28 ) The constitutional committee in parliament recently criticized Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court. The parliament says the statue opposes the national laws especially those in relation to national sovereignty, extraditing citizens, impunity and independence of judgment. The committee considered the international community unable to defend the Rome Statue saying it could not defend the charter of the United Nations and the International Declaration of Human Rights. The international criminal court falls under the auspicious of the UN.

In the parliament report on the Rome statue, the committee was concerned with the court's functions and power in the countries approving the convention and considered it a violation of the national prominence on the country and opposing the content of the law. But the report also stated the court's practice of its functions and power on its contributing parts is normal and does not mean a violation of the national prominence on the country. The committee considered giving the international criminal court the authority to charge or request investigation or arrest of any person, but they said the statue contradicts Yemeni law which states there is a “prohibition of delivering any Yemeni citizen to a foreign power.””

The committee wants a definition of the punishment on the crimes against humanity