From Sydney Criminal Lawyers news of a protest against Australia moves to protect the war crime regime of Israel from ICC investigation
On Wednesday, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin paid a visit to Australian parliament in Canberra. And to greet him was a vigil for Palestinian human rights, which involved a number of federal parliamentarians, including Andrew Wilkie, Mehreen Faruqi and Adam Bandt.
Hosted by APAN – Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, the action was protesting the decision of the Morrison government to officially contest an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into war crimes perpetrated in Palestine.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in December that her preliminary inquiry into the situation in Palestine found all statutory criteria had been met for the case to proceed. However, she put her findings to review due to the “unique” situation of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Australia’s objection was put to the court after hard lobbying from Israel, which, along with the US, is not a party to the ICC. This country was one of only six nations to advise the court as to its contention to the war crimes inquiry.
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