Argentina Slams UN Security Council Over ICC Referral, Entrenching Selectivity

Justice in Conflict

Ambassador Perceval (right) with US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power (Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Ambassador Perceval (right) with US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power (Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

Some of the best responses to both failed and successful UN Security Council resolutions are seldom read or heard because they come from small or middle-power states and because they get lost in the fray of big-power rhetoric. Just one notable example is Brazil’s insistence, following both the Security Council’s referral of Darfur (2005) and Libya (2011) to the International Criminal Court (ICC), that exempting citizens of non-states parties fundamentally undermines the ICC as an institution and international criminal justice as a project.

Last week, in response to the failed referral of Syria to the ICC, Argentina’s Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador María Cristina Perceval lambasted the Security Council. But she did so not simply for its failure to refer Syria to the Court. Instead, Perceval slammed the Council for its insistence in propagating referrals…

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