Press Releases 2005



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

The fourth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Assembly) opened today at the World Forum Centre in The Hague. The new assembly president, H.E. Mr. Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, opened the session after the outgoing president, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, had symbolically rung a bell announcing the start.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Stagno Ugarte thanked Prince Zeid for his contribution over the last three years and welcomed his continued support, particularly with the election of the new Bureau. Reminding those present of the Assembly’s role as custodian of the International Criminal Court (the Court), the President spoke of the “promise of universality” that the Court had held since its inception as an institution of unique neutrality and impartiality.

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ICC - Fourth session of the Assembly of States Parties opens 28 November 2005

The fourth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will open in the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, on Monday, 28 November 2005, at 10.00 hours.

The incoming President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in New York, who takes over from H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ráad Zeid Al-Hussein Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, will open the session.

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ICC - 4th Session Of The Assembly Of States Parties

 

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will hold its fourth session at the World Forum Convention Centre-WFCC (formerly known as Netherlands Congress centre-NCC), in The Hague, Netherlands, from 28 November to 3 December 2005.

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ICC - ICC President, Judge Philippe Kirsch, Addresses the UN General Assembly

 

 

On 8 November 2005, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Philippe Kirsch addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.  President Kirsch provided an update on recent developments at the Court and spoke about the cooperative relationship that exists between the Court and the UN. 

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ICC - Mexico Ratifies the Rome Statute

On 28th October 2005, Mexico ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Statute will enter into force for Mexico on 1 January 2006, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome  Statute to  100.  139 States are signatories.

Reacting to the 100th ratification of the Rome Statute, the ICC President, Judge Philippe Kirsch, noted that “The ICC was established to help put an end to the most serious international crimes.  Because of the limits on the Court’s jurisdiction, universal ratification is a necessary part of achieving this goal.  I therefore welcome the 100th ratification of the Rome Statute by Mexico.”

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ICC - Austria Becomes the first State to sign an Agreement with the ICC on the Enforcement of Sentences

On Thursday 27 October 2005, the Federal Minister of Justice of Austria, Ms. Karin Gastinger, and the President of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Philippe Kirsch, signed the first agreement between a State Party and the ICC on the enforcement of the sentences to be handed down by the Court.

The signing ceremony took place at the seat of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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ICC - Dominican Republic Ratifies Rome Statute

On 12 May 2005, Dominican Republic ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, bringing the total number of States that are party to the Statute to 99. 139 States are signatories.

The Statute will enter into force for Dominican Republic on 1 August 2005.

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ICC - Kenya Ratifies Rome Statute

On 15 March 2005, Kenya ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, bringing the total number of States that are party to the Statute to 98. 139 States are signatories.

The Statute will enter into force for Kenya on 1 June 2005.

The States Parties to the Rome Statute

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ICC - Registrar confirms that the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has accepted the jurisdiction of the Court.

The Registrar has confirmed that the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has accepted the exercise of jurisdiction by the International Criminal Court with respect to crimes committed on its territory since the events of 19 September 2002. 

The declaration was sent in accordance with Article 12, paragraph 3 of the Rome Statute of the Court. 

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ICC - 21 States now party to the Agreement on the Privileges and immunities of the ICC (APIC)

Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden the latest States to have ratified the Agreement.

Croatia (17 December 2004), Latvia (23 December 2004), Lithuania (30 December 2004) and Sweden (13 January 2005) are the latest States to have ratified the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court (APIC) during December 2004 and January 2005.

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