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ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes its tenth session

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On 21 December 2011, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) concluded its tenth session at UN Headquarters in New York.


In the latter part of the session, the Assembly elected six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance for a three-year term, namely: Mr. Hugh Adsett (Canada), Mr. Fawzi Gharaibeh (Jordan), Mr. Samuel P.O. Itam (Sierra Leone), Ms. Mónica Sánchez Izquierdo (Ecuador), Ms. Elena Sopková (Slovakia) and Mr. Masatoshi Sugiura (Japan). The Assembly also designated a new external auditor, la Cour des comptes (France), for a four-year period.


Further, the Assembly adopted six resolutions: on cooperation, amendment to the rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, reparations, permanent premises, the “omnibus” resolution and the 2012 budget.


In the resolution on cooperation, the Assembly, inter alia, addressed the issue of the importance of timely and effective cooperation of States and non-States Parties with the Court as well as the need for the ratification process of the Rome Statute to be matched by national implementation of the ensuing obligations.


The amendment to the rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence aimed at strengthening the Presidency of the Court and increase efficiency of the judicial proceedings by having the Presidency decide on the assignment of judges to divisions in accordance with article 39, paragraph 1.


The resolution on reparations requested the Court to establish coherent principles, which would guide the process of issuing individual orders for reparations. The resolution underlined the importance of identification and freezing of any assets of the convicted individuals in order to provide timely and effective assistance through all necessary measures, including effective communication with relevant States. Furthermore, the resolution stressed that liability for reparations is exclusively based on the individual criminal responsibility of a convicted person.


The resolution on the permanent premises reiterated the firm intention of the project to remain within proposed €190 million budget. Additionally, it emphasized the role of the Oversight Committee on permanent premises to deliver on its mandate by ensuring that design and functionality requirements stay within approved budget and that the ownership costs of the permanent premises are kept at the lowest level possible. The Assembly also elected nine of the ten members of the Oversight Committee for a two-year term.


The Assembly also adopted the omnibus resolution, which contained, inter alia, procedures relating to non-cooperation, which is understood as the failure by a State Party or a State which has entered into an ad hoc arrangement or an agreement with the Court to comply with a specific Court request for cooperation.


The Assembly approved, by consensus, appropriations totalling €111,000,000 with €108,800,000 for the budget and €2,200,000 to replenish the Contingency Fund. Furthermore, the Assembly approved a staffing level of 766.


The Assembly of States Parties will hold its eleventh session from 14 to 22 November 2012 in The Hague, The Netherlands.




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ICC - Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute elects six judges

 

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

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

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) opened its tenth session at UN Headquarters in New York, which will last from 12 to 21 December 2011.

The outgoing President of the Assembly, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Liechtenstein), underscored some of the achievements of last three years, including the increase in the number of States Parties to 120 and the Kampala Review Conference, but also the challenges lying ahead, especially how to make best use of the Rome Statute system.

The Assembly elected Ambassador Tiina Intelmann (Estonia) as President for the tenth to twelfth sessions. It also elected for the same period Ambassadors Ken Kanda (Ghana) and Markus Börlin (Switzerland) as Vice-Presidents and the following other members of the Bureau: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Gabon, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Nigeria, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, Slovakia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda.

Upon her election, President Intelmann observed that, in the coming years, the Assembly would need to focus on how best to assist the Court in handling its increasing workload, providing it with adequate means and ensuring broad political support. She further reminded States of their important responsibilities under the Rome Statute system, including prosecution of relevant crimes in national courts.

In an opening statement, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, highlighted the progress achieved in the course of the last year towards putting an end to impunity for international crimes. She reaffirmed that the partnership between the United Nations and the Court was based on shared values as well as mutual respect for the respective mandates of these institutions.

In a keynote address to the Assembly, the President of Botswana, H.E. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, gave a positive assessment of the work of the Court, which he characterized as an important player in the overall human quest for global peace and security of mankind. He pointed out that the effectiveness of the ICC depended on State cooperation and expressed regret in this regard over the African Union decision in June 2011 not to cooperate with the Court. He appealed to all States to support victims by promoting judicial and other efforts to end impunity and promoting accountability for serious international crimes.

Opening remarks were also delivered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, who observed that the ICC and human rights protection complemented each other. She called for a political consensus on objective criteria regarding Security Council referrals and deferrals. She further considered it within her remit to call upon the Council to refer a situation to the Court when it appeared to her that gross human rights violations amounting to international crimes have been - or are being - committed, as she had done regarding Syria.
 
The President of the Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song noted that 2011 had been the busiest year of the Court so far, with an increase in the number of country situations, Court hearings, new applications for victim participation as well as for reparations. He therefore called for an outcome of the budget discussions reflecting a rational balance between the task-driven needs of the Court and the requirements of economy and efficiency.

The outgoing Prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, highlighted three key areas of his Office’s policy during his tenure, namely full respect for the principle of complementarity, focus on those who bear the greatest responsibility for the most serious crimes and contribution to the prevention of future crimes. He expressed the view that the two competing risks facing the Court, i.e. infringement on its independence and isolation, had both been managed.

The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, Ms. Elisabeth Rehn, referred to the various forms of assistance extended under the Fund to victims to date in spite of scarce resources. She also pointed to future prospects, including the challenges related to Court-ordered reparations. She expressed her gratitude to all donors and institutions supporting the Fund.

The Assembly elected by acclamation Ms. Fatou Bensouda (Gambia) as the new Prosecutor of the Court for a period of nine years starting from 16 June 2012. Thanking States Parties for the honor bestowed on her, Ms. Bensouda pledged to continue working in close cooperation with the other organs of the Court under the “one Court principle” as well as with the Assembly and civil society and to ensure that the Office of the Prosecutor would carry out its work in a consistent, predictable and transparent manner.





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ICC - ICC hosts welcome ceremony honouring Maldives as a new State Party

President Sang-Hyun Song, in the presence of Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, presents Ambassador H.E. Ali Hussain Didi with a special edition of the Rome Statute © ICC-CPI

 

The International Criminal Court (ICC) held a ceremony on 6 December 2011 at the seat of the Court in The Hague to welcome the Republic of Maldives as the 118th State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty.

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ICC - Vanuatu becomes the 120th State to join the Rome Statute system

On Friday, 2 December 2011, the Republic of Vanuatu deposited to the United Nations its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Statute will enter into force for Vanuatu on 1 February 2012, making Vanuatu the 120th State Party to the Rome Statute.

The ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, warmly welcomed Vanuatu’s accession to the Rome Statute, saying, “With this act, Vanuatu strengthens its contribution to the international legal order and acquires additional protection for its territory and population against the gravest crimes known to humanity. I hope Vanuatu’s example will encourage other members of the Pacific Island Forum – many of which still remain outside the Rome Statute system – to join the ICC in the near future”.

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ICC - Consensus candidate for next ICC Prosecutor

 

The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, and the incoming President of the Assembly, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, presented the results of the consultations undertaken with the aim of finding a consensus candidate for the post of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.


On 25 October 2011 the Search Committee for the position of Prosecutor submitted its report to the Bureau, with a shortlist of four candidates. After the release of the report the President of the Assembly, with the assistance of five regional focal points, began a process of consultations over a four week period which included a series of meetings of the New York Working Group of the Bureau, where the four candidates shortlisted by the Search Committee were given the opportunity to present themselves to States Parties.


The consultations carried out resulted in an informal agreement among the States Parties to have a consensus candidate, Ms. Fatou B. Bensouda, from The Gambia, nominated for the consideration by the Assembly of States Parties. Ms. Fatou Bensouda will be elected at the tenth session of the Assembly on 12 December 2011, at the United Nations Headquarters, and assume the post on 16 June 2012.


Ms. Bensouda was elected Deputy Prosecutor by the Assembly of States Parties on 8 September 2004. She is in charge of the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor. Prior to her election, Mrs. Bensouda worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of Senior Legal Advisor and Head of The Legal Advisory Unit. Before joining the ICTR, she was the General Manager of a leading commercial bank in The Gambia. Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic, then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Advisor to the President and Cabinet of The Gambia. Mrs. Bensouda holds a masters degree in International Maritime Law and Law of The Sea and as such is the first international maritime law expert of The Gambia.


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ICC - Tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court

The Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) will hold its tenth session at the United Nation Headquarters in New York from 12 to 21 December 2011.

The tenth session will be marked by elections, which will significantly change the composition of the Court. The Assembly will elect a new President of the Assembly of States Parties for the tenth to twelfth sessions (2011 – 2013). Ambassador Tiina Intelmann (Estonia), was recommended for the post by the Bureau in July. She will replace Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Liechtenstein).

The Assembly will further elect the Prosecutor who shall hold office for a term of up to nine years and shall not be eligible for re-election. As mandated by the Rome Statute, every effort shall be made to elect the Prosecutor by consensus. The four shortlisted candidates recommended by the Prosecutor Search Committee are: Ms. Fatou Bensouda (Gambia), Mr. Andrew T. Cayley (United Kingdom), Mr. Mohamed Chande Othman (United Republic of Tanzania), and Mr. Robert Petit (Canada).

After informal consultations among States Parties, it was decided to narrow the list to two candidates: Ms. Fatou Bensouda (Gambia) and Mr. Mohamed Chande Othman (United Republic of Tanzania). At the 1 December informal consultations, to be held in New York, States Parties will see if there is consensus on one candidate.

In addition, the Assembly will elect six new judges out of 19 nominated candidates who will serve non-renewable terms of nine years. The Assembly will also elect two Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, 18 new members of the Bureau, and six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance.

At the tenth session, the Assembly will, in addition, consider, inter alia, the 2012 budget of the Court and the premises of the Court.

Further information about the tenth session of the Assembly can be found on the website of the International Criminal Court at:
http://www.icc-cpi.int/nr/exeres/8e728ec3-5785-4127-83d7-d910d99df603.htm
 

All journalists wishing to cover the session and related events should refer to guidelines for media access, which can be found at:
http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/asp_docs/ASP10/ASP10-MediaGuidelines-ENG.pdf




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ICC - President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

Speaking in New York, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, welcomed the arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, against whom warrants of arrest were issued by the Court in connection with the Libya situation.

“By arresting Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi the Libyan authorities have taken a major step towards ensuring accountability and due process rights and towards fulfilling their obligations under international law”, said the President. He also commended Libyan authorities for their cooperation with the Court to date, rendered even in the face of difficult conditions on the ground.

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ICC - ICC welcomes the Philippines as a new State Party

The Ambassador of the Philippines, H.E. Ms Lourdes G. Morales, receives a special edition of the Rome Statute from ICC President Sang-Hyun Song, in the presence of ASP Vice-President H.E. Mr Jorge Lomónaco, at the seat of the Court ©ICC-CPI

 

Today, 8 November 2011, the International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomed the Philippines as a new State Party to the Rome Statute of the ICC in a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague. The Philippines is the 117th State Party to the Rome Statute and the 2nd country within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify the international treaty. The Rome Statute took effect for the Philippines on 1 November 2011.

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ICC - Report of the Search Committee for Prosecutor

The Committee members
The Committee members, one from each regional group, from left: H.E. Mr. Baso Sangqu (African Group), H.E. Mr. Joel Hernández, (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein (Asian Group) (Coordinator), Sir Daniel Bethlehem (Western European and Others Group) and H.E. Mr. Miloš Koterec (Eastern European Group) (Deputy Coordinator)

 

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