NEW ZEALAND BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO RATIFY THE STARVATION AMENDMENT TO REFLECT THAT STARVATION IS A WAR CRIME IN ALL CONFLICT SITUATIONS
GRC congratulates New Zealand on becoming the first State to ratify the Rome Statute amendment extending the application of starvation as a war crime to non-international armed conflicts (NIAC), in line with customary international law and international consensus.
In a remarkable achievement set in motion by Switzerland, ICC States Parties unanimously adopted the starvation amendment in December 2019, signalling to those using starvation as a method of warfare in any conflict that they cannot continue to act with impunity. The amendment is also expected to serve a preventative function by better enabling documentation and monitoring of starvation situations in NIACs.
Wide ratification is key to these efforts. It is also key to ensuring a cohesive Rome Statute which will, in turn, provide a clearer framework to parties to conflicts and to those investigating allegations of crime.
Global Rights Compliance urges all States Parties to the ICC to follow in New Zealand’s footsteps and ratify the amendment without delay. For information on GRC’s own efforts in support of the amendment, and how we may be able to support yours, see starvationaccountability.org.