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Vulnerable nations call for ecocide to be considered an international crime

Vulnerable nations call for ecocide to be considered an international crime

The Pacific island of Vanuatu has called for ecocide— wide-scale, long-term environmental damage—to be considered an international crime equivalent to genocide.

The International Criminal Court is currently responsible for prosecuting four internationally recognized crimes against peace: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

The organization wants any agreed-upon criminal definition of ecocide to include the impacts of climate change as well as other forms of environmental harm.

To change the Rome Statute, the head of a state that is party to the International Criminal Court must submit a formal amendment.

If a two-thirds majority approve the change, it can be adopted into the Rome Statute and countries can formally ratify it.

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