Morales, del Rosario sue Chinese leader before ICC

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Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, and fishermen have filed a complaint for crimes against humanity against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the destruction of marine resources in the disputed South China Sea.

Morales and del Rosario claimed that China committed crimes “which involve massive, near-permanent, and devastating environmental damage across nations.”

They stressed the damage happened as Xi implement “China’s systemic plan to take over the South China Sea.”

“These violations of China, through President Xi Jinping and other officials, have caused serious injury to (a) an identifiable group of Filipino nationals who depend on fishing for their livelihood; and (b) to present and future generations of inhabitants of the coastal countries in the South China Sea, including Filipino nationals, by accelerating a fisheries collapse and, consequently, a food shortage across several nations,” read the complaint.

Among the crimes punishable under the ICC are genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

China is not a state party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The Philippines effectively withdrew from the international body last Sunday after President Duterte unilaterally decided to withdraw the country’s membership from ICC.#

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