Comment on the Arrest Lecture Question: “What steps can and should the ICC take to secure the arrest and surrender of indictees?”
Though very briefly, Ambassador Scheiffer showed moderate support for a military organization that work for ICC, in order to resolve the chronic arrest issues of ICC. He suggested this establishment with careful conditions on them; for example, the military group has to be permitted by individual countries to apprehend the indictee in each specific region. Of course, this is a commonsensical condition. For this army to operate, it needs more than rules of conduct to legitimize its goal for justice and peace. Let’s assume that state parties set up a sufficient budget for this army; then, now what we strive to form is the most politically non-threatening, yet extremely efficient and threatening enough for indictee and latent criminals. How do we achieve these two birds? The foremost foundation of the army should be “diversity.” The army should not be formed only by European and/or African personnel, but also by a certain number from each state party. Second, it is an army, but its purpose is not destructive; it should only work to achieve the purpose of apprehension through intelligence means. These two principles will be useful for the starting points of ICC’s task force.
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