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1st July 1998

Women's Groups Urge Caution on Compromises

ROME.  As the five-week Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (ICC) drags on, women's rights activists are increasingly worried that governments are seeking to adopt compromises that could jettison their main concerns.

Killing the Death Penalty

ROME.  There is broad consensus that the death penalty - already abolished by a majority of states - will not be included among the punishments to be meted out by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Canadian law professor William Schabas told TerraViva.

ICJ Seeks Fewer Ratifications for Entry into Force

ROME.  Governments should agree to keep at a low level - of perhaps 20 to 25 ratifications - the required number of nations who need to accept the International Criminal Court (ICC) before it can enter into force, argues the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Filibustering tactics stall negotiations

ROME.  Midway into the Conference on the International Criminal Court (ICC), negotiations seem to be stalled by filibustering tactics that have twice prompted the chairman of the Committee of the Whole, Philippe Kirsch, to ask participants to stop debating minor issues and concentrate on the main problems at stake.

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