Press Releases 2010



ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes its ninth session

 

New York, 10 December 2010 

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ICC - The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute opens its ninth session

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) opened its ninth session at UNHQ, which will last from 6 to 10 December 2010.
  
Opening remarks were delivered by the President of the Assembly, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the President of Colombia, Mr. Juan Manuel Santos, followed by senior Court officials.
  
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, recalled the historic Review Conference in Kampala and its momentous achievements with regard to the definition of the crime of aggression and the provisions under which the Court will exercise its jurisdiction with respect to the crime and urged all States to ratify the amendments. Furthermore, Mr. Ban Ki-moon recalled that the Court is the centerpiece of the system of international criminal justice. He also emphasized the crucial importance of States complying with their responsibilities to enforce all outstanding arrest warrants.
 
President Wenaweser recalled the accomplishments of the Review Conference, and the fact that all decisions in Kampala had been adopted by consensus. He also joined the Secretary-General of the UN in his call to ratify the amendments to the Rome Statute adopted at the Review Conference. He also highlighted the challenges arising for the Assembly from situations where full cooperation by States was not forthcoming and furthermore emphasized the need to establish a dialogue between States Parties and the Court, which would address the needs of both sides as partners in the common effort to fight impunity.
   
President Juan Manuel Santos asserted the strong commitment of Colombia to fight against impunity at the national level. He recalled that under the Rome Statute, the leading role in combating these crimes lies with States and that the Court should step in only when States are unwilling or unable to do so. President Santos not only underscored the commitment of his administration to provide reconciliation and reparation to victims of violence at the domestic level but also pledged to make a donation to the Trust Fund for Victims. President Santos also expressed the commitment of Colombia to assist and work with the Court for peace and justice as a UN Security Council member starting January 2011.
    
The President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, noted the recent achievements of the Court, which included increased judicial activity. Furthermore, he appealed to States to continue with their financial contributions to the Court so that it can fulfill its mandate. Lastly, he stressed the importance of following up on the momentum from the Review Conference, ensuring that States continue fulfilling their pledges, increase cooperation with the ICC and uphold the complementarity principle.
  
The Prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, briefed the Assembly on existing investigations and nine preliminary examinations that are underway, including allegations of war crimes committed in the territory of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Ocampo welcomed the implementation of the independent oversight mechanism that would oversee the internal conduct of the Court’s officials but reiterated that further discussions were necessary in order to prevent any negative impact on the integrity of the Rome Statute.
   
Ms. Elisabeth Rehn, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, referred to the increasing engagement of the Court with victims exemplified by education, counseling, rehabilitation and reparation initiatives of the Trust Fund, which has over 70,000 direct beneficiaries.
   
During the first two days of the general debate, 47 States Parties and one Observer State spoke reiterating their commitment to the Rome Statute and international criminal justice. Some States Parties pledged to contribute a total of €400,000 to the Trust Fund for Victims, €200,000 to the Special Trust Fund for Relocation and €85,000 to a new Trust Fund which would fund the family visits of indigent detainees.
The Assembly also elected by consensus six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance.
   
At the ninth session, the Assembly will, inter alia, follow-up on the stocktaking exercise of the Review Conference, consider proposals for the amendments of the Rome Statute that were not conveyed for consideration by the Review Conference, as well as consider the 2011 budget of the Court.

    
The statements may be found at:
Ninth session of the Assembly of States Parties

Press Conference held at the occasion of the 9th session    
         


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ICC - ICC welcomes the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as a new State Party

Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a ceremony at the seat of the Court to welcome the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as a new State Party to the Rome Statute.

During the ceremony, the President of the Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, presented the Ambassador of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr Muhammad Ali Sorcar, with a special, limited edition of the Rome Statute, as a symbol of welcoming Bangladesh into the community of States Parties.

ICC President Song recognized Bangladesh’s commitment to peace, justice and the rule of law, stating: “By ratifying the Rome Statute, Bangladesh has joined the growing number of the world’s nations that have combined forces to end impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to humanity”.

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ICC - ICC will hold ceremony to welcome the People's Republic of Bangladesh as a new State Party

On 12 November, 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold a ceremony to welcome the People's Republic of Bangladesh as a new State Party to the Rome Statute.

During the ceremony, as a symbol of welcoming Bangladesh into the community of States Parties, the President of the Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, will present a special edition of the Rome Statute to the Ambassador of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr Muhammad Ali Sorcar. The Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the Ambassador of Mexico, H.E. Mr Jorge Lomónaco, will also commend Bangladesh on this occasion. Several high-ranking officials of the Court will also be in attendance.

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ICC - Event on complementarity

 

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As a follow-up to the Review Conference discussions on the issue of complementarity, the President of the Assembly of States Parties, the President of the Court, the Prosecutor, the Registrar and the Director of the Secretariat attended a retreat on 28 and 29 October 2010. The event, which was organized by the International Center for Transitional Justice and the United Nations Rule of Law Unit at the Greentree Estate on Long Island, New York, brought together about 60 high-level officials from legal departments and development cooperation departments of States Parties and observer States, multilateral organizations, and civil society. 
    


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ICC - ICC President meets with the Deputy Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

Deputy Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr Vuchkov, and ICC President, Judge Song

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ICC - ICC welcomes the Republic of Seychelles as a new State Party


Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a ceremony to welcome the Republic of Seychelles as the 112th State Party to the Rome Statute. The Statute enters into force for Seychelles today.

In a symbolic act held at the seat of the Court, the President of the Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, congratulated the Ambassador of Seychelles, H.E. Ms Viviane Fock Tave, and presented her with a special edition of the Rome Statute.

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ICC - President of the Assembly of States Parties visits The Hague

 

The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”), Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, visited The Hague from 11 to 14 October 2010 where he held an informal meeting with seventeen of the judges of the Court. President Wenaweser, accompanied by the Vice-President of the Assembly, Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, also held a retreat with the President of the Court, the Prosecutor and the Registrar, to discuss governance issues. President Wenaweser discussed ICC matters with other senior officials of the Court and members of the diplomatic community, briefed The Hague based ICC Group of Friends on the preparations for the ninth session of the Assembly, and met a group of parliamentarians from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as a group of journalists from Kenya. Furthermore, he delivered a lecture at the Asser Instituut on his reflections on the Kampala Review Conference.

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ICC - President of the Assembly meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya

 

The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, His Excellency Ambassador Christian Wenaweser met on 17 September, in New York, with His Excellency Mr. Moses Wetangula, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya. Minister Wetangula reiterated Kenya’s firm support for the International Criminal Court, especially as it pertains to investigations currently underway in Kenya. With regard to the visit of President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan to Nairobi, he highlighted his country’s competing obligations towards the Court, the African Union, and regional peace and stability.
   
          
Ambassador Wenaweser underscored his view that the obligation to cooperate in accordance with the Rome Statute could not legally be suspended by a decision of the African Union. Only the Security Council could suspend the Court’s investigations in accordance with article 16 of the Rome Statute. He expressed his hope that the recent events would lead to a fruitful and broad discussion on cooperation with the Court and to the reiteration of the universal commitment that the Court enjoyed among its States Parties, and welcomed the meeting as a possible first step in this regard. Ambassador Wenaweser highlighted the reliance of the Court on the cooperation of States, without which it could not operate.
     
The conversation also made reference to Ambassador Wenaweser’s letter to Minister Wetangula, dated 28 August, wherein Ambassador Wenaweser forwarded the Decision issued by the Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I, informing the United Nations Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute about President Omar Al-Bashir’s presence in the territory of the Republic of Kenya. Minister Wetangula informed Ambassador Wenaweser that an official reply from the Kenyan Foreign Ministry would be forthcoming, and the parties agreed to continue the dialogue on cooperation.


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ICC - Pre-Trial Chamber I informs the Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties about Omar Al Bashir’s visits to Kenya and Chad

     

Case: The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir
Situation: Darfur, Sudan

Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued two decisions informing the Security Council of the United Nations and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute about Omar Al Bashir’s visits to the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Chad, “in order for them to take any measure they may deem appropriate”.

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ICC - Visit to Guatemala of the President of the Assembly and the Prosecutor

 

At the invitation of the Government of Guatemala, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, and the Prosecutor of the Court, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, visited Guatemala on 19 and 20 August. The purpose of the visit was to provide further information to various institutions of State and other sectors of Guatemalan society on the activities of the International Criminal Court and the conditions under which the Court exercises jurisdiction, and to answer questions on the benefits accession to the Rome Statute could bring for Guatemala. 
       
The outstanding item of the visit was the meeting with the President of the Republic, Mr. Álvaro Colom Caballeros, who was accompanied by the Vice President, Mr. José Rafael Espada, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, the Interior, and Education.
         
As regards the legislative branch, meetings were held with the President of Congress, the Chair of the Legislative and Constitutional Points Committee and with leaders of parliamentary groups. The visitors also held meetings with the President of the Constitutional Court, the President of the Supreme Court, magistrates of the Supreme Court, the interim General Public Prosecutor and Head of the Ministerio Público (Office of the Public Prosecutor), the Ombudsman, and the Director of the Criminal Public Defence Institute. Meetings were also held with representatives of the United Nations system and the Commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.
          
Ambassador Wenaweser and Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo also took part in a conference on the International Criminal Court as an instrument to combat impunity, to which professional associations and academics were invited; and they met with members of the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
      
The visit was part of the Assembly’s Plan of action for achieving universality of the Rome Statute. Currently, 113 States have ratified the Rome Statute, among them 25 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.

     
    

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ICC - Saint Lucia becomes the 113th State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

On 18 August, 2010, Saint Lucia deposited the instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the United Nations Secretary General. The Statute will enter into force for Saint Lucia on 1 November, 2010, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 113.

The ICC welcomes the Saint Lucia decision and sees it as a new sign of the International community’s commitment to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes that deeply shock the conscience of humanity.

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ICC - Seychelles ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

 

On 10 August, 2010, the Republic of Seychelles ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Statute will enter into force for the Seychelles on 1 November, 2010, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 112.

The Court welcomes the Seychelles’ decision to join the growing group of states determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, for the sake of present and future generations.

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ICC - Review Conference of the Rome Statute concludes in Kampala

Press Release: 12.06.2010


Review Conference of the Rome Statute concludes in Kampala

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ICC - A delegation from the ICC Committee on Budget and Finance meets affected communities in Ituri (DRC)

 

A delegation from the Committee on Budget and Finance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and representatives of States Parties to the Rome Statute travelled to Bunia, the capital of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 2 and 3 June 2010 to interact with affected communities and hear their views and concerns in relation to the work of the Court. The delegation consisted of Mr Santiago Wins, Chairman of the ICC Committee on Budget and Finance, Ms Elena Sopková, a member of the committee, and several delegates from the States Parties.

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ICC - Stocktaking of international criminal justice: Peace and Justice

 

In the context of the stocktaking exercise on international criminal justice, a “Peace and Justice” session was held during the Review Conference in Kampala. The debates offered an opportunity for States to affirm that peace and justice are complementary, rather than mutually exclusive.

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ICC - Review Conference: ICC President and Prosecutor participate in panels on complementarity and co-operation

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, and the Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo delivered statements today in a panel discussion on complementarity during the Review Conference that it is taking place in Kampala, Uganda. Judge Song participated also as key note speaker in the discussions on States co-operation with the ICC.

During the first panel, moderated by Professor William A. Schabas, discussions focussed on the practical application of the principle of complementarity in the Rome Statute as well as possible activities and actions that States can undertake in order to strengthen and enable other States’ capabilities to conduct investigations and trials of international crimes, including the concept of “positive complementarity”.

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ICC - Review Conference concludes the general debate and adopts the Kampala Declaration


H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania

The Review Conference concluded its general debate on 1 June, with a total of 84 States (67 States Parties and 17 observers), along with Palestine, international organizations and NGOs having taken the floor to reiterate their commitment to the ICC mission of fighting against impunity, bringing justice to victims and deterring future atrocities.

 

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ICC - ICC Registrar participates in panel on impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities

 

The Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Madame Silvana Arbia, ​participated today in a panel discussion on the impact of the work of the Court on victims and affected communities. Discussions focused on participation of victims, protection of victims and witnesses, the role of outreach and the Trust Fund for Victims.

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ICC - Review Conference of the Rome Statute opened in Kampala

 

The Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened in Kampala, Uganda. Opening remarks were delivered by the President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song. Statements were also made by the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. 
     

Around 2000 representatives of States, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations were present at the venue.


The Conference represents the first opportunity to consider amendments to the Rome Statute – the ICC’s founding treaty - and to take stock of its implementation and impact since it entered into force in 2002.


In his opening statement the President of the Assembly, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, highlighted that today the ICC is a functioning judicial institution and that “there is no need for significant changes” to the Rome Statute. He added that the States have to “continue to strive for universality in the membership of the Court”. Furthermore, regarding the central topic in the review of the Statute, the crime of aggression, Ambassador Wenaweser stated that “the large task ahead of us consists of finding a solution, with the willingness to compromise from all of you, that assembles the largest possible political support”. He appealed to the States to approach “the discussions with an open mind”.


For the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Kampala Review Conference is an important opportunity, not only to take stock of the progress of the Court, but also to strengthen the collective determination that international crimes cannot go unpunished. He underlined that “the era of impunity is over. We are witnessing the birth of a new age of accountability”.


The ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song stressed that “without cooperation, there will be no arrests, victims and witnesses will not be protected, and proceedings will not be possible”. The ICC President stated that “without credible and fair domestic proceedings the impunity gap will grow large”. He hopes that this Conference “will serve not only to refresh and renew the spirit of Rome but also to chart a path for the future”.


The former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Kofi Annan noted that even though the African Union had called upon its member States not to co-operate with the ICC, “it is not ‘Africa’ that is hostile to the Court” and further indicated that when he meets Africans from all walks of life “they demand justice: from their own courts if possible, from international courts if no credible alternative exists” and that as an African he was proud of the continent’s contribution to the ICC, exemplified by the fact that 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa were parties to the Rome Statute. He stated that Africa wants, needs and should continue to support the ICC.


The Conference that will last until 11 June offers an exceptional occasion for governments to help advance the global fight against impunity and to reinvigorate the system of international criminal justice.


Further information about the Review Conference can be found on the website of the International Criminal Court at:
https://asp.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/asp/reviewconference/
 

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Press Releases 2010