Wednesday, 31 May 2006
International Criminal Court Bill 2003: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.
Brendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
I move amendment No. 56:
In page 41, line 11, after "it" to insert the following:
", provided that where such material is to be transmitted out of the State, arrangements shall be made for the return of such material following the conclusion of proceedings before the International Criminal Court, and, where human remains are transmitted out of the State under this subsection, subject to arrangements for the reburial of such remains in the State or in such other place as is directed by the next of kin following the conclusion of such proceedings".
Under the subsection as it stands, bodies can be dug up in the State and transmitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague with no provision set for their return or reburial. In addition, there is no provision for the return of other material that may be seized within the State. Having considered the matter, we believe that some provision in this regard is appropriate and should be part of the legislation to comply with common decency.