Press Releases 2009



ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes its eighth session

On 26 November 2009, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) adopted resolutions on several issues, including the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, the establishment of an independent oversight mechanism, the establishment of a liaison office at the African Union Headquarters, the permanent premises of the Court and the programme budget for 2010.

The Assembly decided that the Review Conference would be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 May to 11 June 2010, for a period of 10 working days to consider:

a) The possible deletion of article 124 of the Statute, which allows a new State Party to opt for excluding from the Court’s jurisdiction war crimes allegedly committed by its nationals or on its territory for a period of seven years;
    
b) The definition of the crime of aggression, the conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court, as well as draft elements of the crime;
     
c) The inclusion of the employment of certain poisonous weapons and expanding bullets in the definition of war crimes in article 8 of the Statute.

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ICC - Eighth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute begins its general debate

 

On the first day of the general debate, 38 States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court addressed the Assembly on different issues including, in particular, issues to be dealt with at the Review Conference, such as the inclusion of the crime of aggression in the Rome Statute, the stocktaking exercise on international criminal justice, and other proposed amendments to the Rome Statute.

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ICC - Opening of the eighth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute

 

 

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ICC - Eighth session of the Assembly of States Parties

Journalists wishing to cover the session and related events must submit an official letter of assignment by fax to +31 (0)70 381 54 76 and the completed accreditation form (below) to the following e-mail address: [email protected].

Journalists already accredited with the International Criminal Court do not need to submit the accreditation form nor the letter, but are kindly requested to confirm their participation via e-mail to the following e-mail address: [email protected].

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ICC - ICC-ASP welcomes the Czech Republic as the 110th new State Party

 

In a symbolic ceremony held today, at the seat of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Czech Republic was welcomed as the newest State Party member to the Rome Statute. The Czech Republic deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute on 21 July, and the Statute entered into force today, 1 October, 2009, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 110.

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ICC - ICC-ASP welcomes the Republic of Chile as a new State Party

 

Today, the International Criminal Court held a ceremony to welcome the Republic of Chile as the newest State Party to the Rome Statute. The Statute entered into force for Chile on 1 September 2009, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 109.

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ICC - The Czech Republic ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

 

On 21 July 2009, the government of the Czech Republic deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute. The Statute will enter into force for the Czech Republic on 1 October 2009, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 110.

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ICC - The Republic of Chile ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

On 29 June 2009, the government of Chile deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute. The Statute will enter into force for Chile on 1 September 2009, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 109.



 

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ICC - Passing of Judge Fumiko Saiga

 

IN MEMORIAM

It is with great sadness that the International Criminal Court informs you of the passing of Judge Fumiko Saiga. She passed away with her family by her side on 24 April, 2009 after a brief illness.

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ICC - Resignation of Mr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen

The Hague, 18 February 2009

Mr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen (Guyana) submitted his resignation from the International Criminal Court for personal reasons on16 February 2009. Mr. Shahabudden had been elected by the Assembly of States Parties in January 2009 for a nine year term of office as a judge, scheduled to commence on 11 March. The President of the Assembly, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, has accepted the resignation on behalf of the States Parties.
   
In accordance with resolution ICC-ASP/3/Res.6, the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties shall fix the venue and date of the election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation.





For further information on the second resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties, please contact Ms. Gabrijela Filipović, at +31 646 448 793 or [email protected].

 

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ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes the second resumption of its seventh session

 

Related UN Document :
Press Conference by Chairman of the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression
- 13.02.2009 - English  (Translations*)  Español,  FrançaisРусский,  عربي ,  中文


New York, 13 February 2009   
   

The second resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) was held from 9 to 13 February 2009 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
 
At the second resumption, the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, which has been chaired since 2003 by H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, who is also the President of the Assembly for the period 2008-2011, concluded its discussions on, inter alia, the definition of the crime of aggression and the conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court over this crime.
 
The draft provisions on the crime of aggression under consideration include a definition of the act of aggression, which is based on United Nations General Assembly resolution 3314 (XXIX), with a threshold, an open-ended lists of acts that would qualify as an act of aggression and wording on the requisite leadership element to establish individual criminal responsibility for the act.
 
There are divergent views regarding a possible role for the United Nations Security Council prior to the initiation of an investigation by the Prosecutor. Some delegations consider the Prosecutor may only proceed with an investigation in respect of a crime of aggression if the Security Council has previously made a determination that an act of aggression has been committed by a State.
  
Other options under consideration foresee that in the absence of such a determination by the Security Council the Prosecutor may only proceed with an investigation if: 
 
  (a) The Security Council has adopted a resolution under Chapter VII of the  
       Charter requesting the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation;
  (b) The Pre-Trial Chamber has authorized the commencement of the 
       investigation in accordance with the procedure contained in article 15;
  (c) The United Nations General Assembly has determined that an act of       
       aggression has been committed; or
  (d) The International Court of Justice has determined that an act of  
        aggression has been committed.

Furthermore, some delegations posit that the absence of a determination of an act of aggression by the Security Council should not prevent the Prosecutor from proceeding with an investigation. 
 
Additional work on the crime of aggression will be undertaken at an informal intersessional meeting tentatively scheduled for 8 to 10 June 2009 and at the eighth session of the Assembly in November in order to further refine the proposals on the crime of aggression which would be submitted for consideration by the Review Conference, scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda, in the first semester of 2010.
 
At the second resumption of its seventh session the Assembly also held informal consultations on the scope of the Review Conference and on the establishment of an independent oversight mechanism for the Court, foreseen in article 112, paragraph 4, of the Statute.
  
Documentation for the session is available on the website of the Court, here.      


For further information on the second resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties, please contact Ms. Gabrijela Filipovi, at +31 646 448 793 or [email protected]


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ICC - Second resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will hold its second resumption of the seventh session at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 9 to 13 February 2009, which will be devoted mainly to the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression. The Special Working Group shall conclude its work on 13 February, approximately twelve months prior to the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, to be held in Kampala (Uganda) in the first semester of 2010.

All journalists wishing to cover the session and related events must submit an official letter of assignment by fax to +31-(0)70-515 8376 as well as by e-mail to the following e-mail address: [email protected].

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ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes the first resumption of its seventh session

The first resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) concluded its work on 22 January 2009 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Vice-President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Zachary D. Muburi-Muita, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, closed the session.

At the 10th meeting, on 22 January 2009, of the seventh resumed session the Assembly elected six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance:

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ICC - First resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute : Final results of the election (Judges)

The first resumption of the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) opened on 19 January 2009 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, opened the session.

At its ninth meeting, the Assembly proceeded to elect the following six judges of the International Criminal Court:

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