The Australian Government welcomes the strong action taken today by the
United Nations Security Council on Libya.
In particular the Government welcomes the Council's decision to refer the
situation in Libya since 15 February 2011 to the Prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Court has the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the
most serious crimes of international concern, specifically including crimes
This is only the second time the Council has taken such a decision,
following its referral of the situation in Darfur to the Court in 2005.
The Australian Government has been urging the Council to take this step so
that the Court has the ability to act in relation to the actions of the
"This is an important step in holding those responsible for committing
crimes accountable for their actions," said Mr Rudd.
"Those who are engaged in committing acts of violence in Libya should take
heed – there will be no impunity for their actions."
The referral to the ICC means that the members and supporters of the
Ghaddafi regime and anyone else who commits a crime within the jurisdiction
of the Court can be individually responsible and liable for punishment in
accordance with the ICC Statute.
The Australian Government also strongly welcomed the Security Council's
decision to impose an arms embargo on Libya as well as targeted travel and
financial measures against key figures in the Libyan regime.
"The Security Council's resolution, together with the steps taken by
countries such as Australia, sends a clear and unambiguous message to the
Libyan regime that it must meet its responsibility to protect the Libyan
people and immediately put an end to all violence," Mr Rudd said.
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