chapter  16
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A Common Global Home

A number of global agreements provide for the creation of an international criminal court to try persons who have committed international crimes. Among these are crimes against peace and humanity, war crimes, genocide, apartheid, and other crimes which are accompanied by mass and gross violations of fundamental human rights. Until such crimes are eliminated, we cannot even begin to create a world community of law-governed states. Now it is high time to found an international criminal tribunal to try persons guilty of criminal violations of human rights. Decisions of this court must be binding on all states of the world and the Security Council should be responsible for carrying them out. At present, the Security Council may not refuse to carry out decisions of the existing U.N. International Court, though its permanent members may employ the veto for this purpose.