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Spain supports the establishment of an international criminal court to prosecute terrorism
Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis has resumed the initiative launched by former Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, reiterating the proposal for the establishment of an international criminal court to judge cases of Islamic terrorism and violent extremism.
As a matter of fact, the proposal, previously sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Romania, dates back to 1937, but it was buried under the weight of World War II. Spain has decided to resume the initiative, based on three guiding concepts: solidarity with victims, determination to fight terrorism and prevention of radicalisation and extremism.
The announcement was made at the 2nd Ministerial Conference on the Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East, held at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid in May. The conference gathered representatives of 70 countries, including the Foreign Ministers of Jordan and Iraq, the Archbishop of Basra, the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The closing speech was delivered by the Spanish Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá.
According to Minister Dastis, the court of justice should be part of the United Nations as a way of acknowledging this organisation’s role in the development of a specific international jurisprudence in the matter of war crimes and crimes against humanity after the Nuremberg trials of 1945-1946. Many of the countries represented at the conference advocate the establishment of the new international criminal court as a way of supporting the victims of terrorism and strengthening global justice.
A country committed to fighting terrorism
Spain is one of the most strongly committed countries in the fight against international terrorism. In this area, our country has endorsed initiatives such as the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, the High-Level Meeting on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Area (Barcelona, July 2015), the 1st Conference on Preventive Diplomacy in the Mediterranean (Alicante, May 2016) or the Summit of Religious Leaders for Peace in the Middle East.