Book: Challenges ahead on Burma’s Road to ICC
Challenges ahead on Burma’s Road to ICC
Universal Jurisdiction versus National Sovereignty & other issues
As soon as international human rights activists’ attempts to get ICC Prosecutor’s attention on Burma’s human rights abuses start to gain significant momentum, the Burmese military leaders and their regional allies will start challenging the ICC’s investigations on Burma; by throwing the usual criticisms at ICC, they will try to discredit, and defy, any ICC’s investigations on Burma’s human rights abuses. The main issue which the regime will raise with all vigour is that the ICC imposing its jurisdiction on Burma amounts to an encroachment on Burma’s national sovereignty.
So, the book “Challenges ahead on Burma’s Road to ICC” examines the background history and the whole regime of ICC, comparing and contrasting it with other similar parallel international or supranational institutions wherever appropriate, with a view to assess whether advances towards universal jurisdiction over human rights protection jeopardise states’ national sovereignty; and if so, what measures are available to reduce such an adverse impact, but also highlighting the fact that states may exploit any restrictive measures limiting the ICC’s jurisdiction to render it virtually powerless.
And, the ultimate aim of international human rights activists, and also the aim of this book, is to argue that the ICC, despite all its actual and potential weaknesses, is a welcoming development in international quest for a universal Rule of Law. It so would imply that Burma needs to, and can safely, embrace ICC to get justice eventually brought to her indigent people long suffering under the heels of various forms of dictatorship.
Proceeds from the sale of this book are all to be donated to non-governmental health-care charities in Burma.