Del Rosario, Carpio send complaint to ICC against Xi Jinping, Chinese officials

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Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales submitted a communication to International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on behalf of “thousands of Filipino fishermen persecuted and injured by officials of the People’s Republic of China.”

“The situation is both unique and relevant because it presents one of the most massive, near permanent and devastating destruction of the environment in humanity’s history, which has not only adversely affected and injured myriad groups of vulnerable fishermen, but present and future generations of people across nations,” the two signatories said in their communication.

“Though widely publicized, these atrociously inhumane actions of Chinese officials in the South China Sea and within Philippine territory remain unpunished, and it is only the ICC that can exact accountability on behalf of Filipinos and the international community, respecting the rule of law,” they added.

In their communication to ICC, the two urged Prosecutor Bensouda to initiate a preliminary examination on the said matter to “apprise itself of Chinese crimes committed not only against the Filipino people, but also against people of other nations, which crimes are already known to the international community.”