In the media

Joint statement on integrity and autonomy of ICC

Ministerial Correspondence, 5 June 2024
To Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Dear Prime Minister,

Following the announcement made by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 20 May 2024 regarding the applications made by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for arrest warrants in the Situation in the State of Palestine against several Hamas and Israeli leaders, we write to urge the Australian Government to actively uphold the integrity and autonomy of the ICC in its investigations.

We are disturbed by, and strongly condemn, any threats or efforts to undermine the independence and impartiality of the ICC. This includes calls from some in Australia to withdraw from the Rome Statute. It is imperative that the Australian Government takes decisive action to both publicly support the ICC's work, as well as strongly denounce any attempts to pressure the OTP into withdrawing its application for arrest warrants. Independent judicial processes must be permitted to operate free from political interference and threat of punishment.

The ICC was founded with the aim of eradicating impunity for those responsible for the gravest offences against humanity, as well as to deter any future commission of such offences, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Australia has long led efforts to build an effective international criminal justice system including, notably, in the establishment of the ICC itself, as a key party in the negotiation of the Rome Statute. Now as a State Party of the Rome Statute, Australia has an obligation to fully cooperate with the ICC in its investigation and prosecution of crimes under its mandate, including the investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine.

It is the responsibility of all State Parties to the ICC to protect the Court and its staff, which includes Australian nationals employed by the ICC, from coercion, interference and threats to its mandate and independence. Failing to do so would not only undermine efforts to hold Hamas and Israeli officials and operatives to account, but would also erode the very foundations of international justice.

We urge the Australian Government to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to ensure the ICC can fulfil its mandate.

Yours sincerely,

Zali Steggall OAM MP, Member for Warringah
Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Clark
Senator Penny Allman-Payne, Senator for Queensland
Bridget Archer MP, Member for Bass
Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne
Stephen Bates MP, Member for Brisbane
Max Chandler-Mather MP, Member for Griffith
Kate Chaney MP, Member for Curtin
Senator Dorinda Cox, Senator for Western Australia
Zoe Daniel MP, Member for Goldstein
Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Senator for New South Wales
Dr Helen Haines MP, Member for Indi
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator for South Australia
Senator Steph Hodgins-May, Senator for Victoria
Senator Nick McKim, Senator for Tasmania
Senator Barbara Pocock, Senator for South Australia
Senator David Pocock, Senator for Australian Capital Territory
Dr Monique Ryan MP, Member for Kooyong
Dr Sophie Scamps MP, Member for Mackellar
Senator David Shoebridge, Senator for New South Wales
Senator Jordan Steele-John, Senator for Western Australia
Senator Lidia Thorpe, Senator for Victoria
Kylea Tink MP, Member for North Sydney
Senator Larissa Waters, Senator for Queensland
Elizabeth Watson-Brown MP, Member for Ryan
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator for Tasmania

Previous statements on Gaza

Joint statement on integrity and autonomy of ICC

Ministerial Correspondence, 5 June 2024

Kylea has signed a joint statement urging the Australian Government to publicly support the ICC's work and enable independent judicial processes to operate free from political interference and threat of punishment.

Find out more

Statement on motion to recognise the state of Palestine

Media release, 29 May 2024

Kylea has abstained from voting on a motion in the House of Representatives that she believes would not meaningfully assist the people of Gaza or Israel, nor support social cohesion in Australia when it is most needed.

Find out more

Joint Statement on Humanitarian Assistance in Gaza

Ministerial Correspondence, 29 February 2024

Kylea has signed a joint statement calling for the Australian Government to urgently find a way forward to deliver humanitarian aid to UNWRA in Gaza.

Find out more

Question to PM about funding for UNWRA in Gaza

House of Representatives, 28 February 2024

Social Cohesion

House of Representatives, 16 November 2023

Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza - call for urgent ceasefire

Ministerial Correspondence, 21 November 2023

Kylea has written to Foreign Minister Penny Wong urging the Australian Government to call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Find out more

Statement on Middle East conflict & Parliamentary Motion

Media release, 18 October 2023

Statement on Middle East conflict & Parliamentary Motion.

Find out more

For
Progress

Join TeamTINK to connect
with the dedicated
volunteers comitted to
making a difference for
our community.

Volunteer

For
Impact

Learn about Kylea’s
policies and how she’s
helping make real change
for the North Sydney
electorate.

Learn

For
Community

Sign up to receive
Kylea’s weekly
newsletter to follow
how she’s ensuring your
voice is heard in Canberra.

Subscribe