This petition was initiated by HSG students and is supported by Amnesty International Switzerland.
We advocate for an end to the killing of innocent civilians on all sides. We call on our government and politicians to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) in its investigation, which started in 2021, into the court case “Situation in the State of Palestine”. Recent events will be part of this investigation (Source: Amnesty International).
We call for the following actions:
- Diplomatic efforts in this case: Swiss politicians must call on the parties involved to grant access to evidence and witnesses.
- Advocate for the recognition of the jurisdiction of the ICC about the court case called “Situation in the State of Palestine”.
- Raise awareness of this case through information, public statements and discussions.
We see no other way to prevent further bloodshed and killing of civilians in Israel and Palestine. We demand an end to vigilante justice and the enforcement of international law.
Information on the ICC:
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in Den Haag is responsible for investigating and prosecuting the most serious crimes of global concern, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. This court was created by the Rome Statute in 1998 and entered into force in 2002 to end impunity and help prevent such crimes.
The States Parties are generally obligated to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Since the Court does not have its own law enforcement agencies, it largely relies on the cooperation of the States Parties, including Switzerland.
Switzerland, due to its humanitarian tradition and its role as depositary state of the Geneva Conventions, supports the independence and strength of the ICC. Switzerland ratified the Rome Statute in 2001 and made legislative adjustments to enable cooperation with the ICC.
Under the Mutual Legal Assistance Act, Switzerland can provide mutual legal assistance to other international courts or criminal institutions with criminal law functions. This cooperation is possible in cases of serious violations of international law.
(Source: Federal Office of Justice)
This petition is about ALL the human lives involved. Anti-Semitic, discriminatory or racist comments will be reported and not tolerated. We value a respectful and constructive discussion on this important issue and ask all participants to respect this.