The President of the Assembly of States Parties (“the Assembly”), Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, visited Geneva 27 and 28 May 2013. The President met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, and with the Vice-President of the International Committee for the Red Cross, Ms. Christine Beerli. Challenges of the Rome Statute system and activities of the States Parties in support of the Rome Statute system, including domestic implementing legislation were addressed at both meetings. President Intelmann also met with members of the diplomatic community accredited to the United Nations.
President Intelmann participated in a discussion, “Strengthening accountability in the field of human rights”, co-organized by the delegations of Costa Rica, Estonia and Switzerland. In her remarks, Ambassador Intelmann explained how the ICC contributes to the fight against impunity and the prevention of future atrocities. She stressed the importance of highlighting the work of the International Criminal Court within the United Nations Human Rights Council and commended States on the use of the Universal Periodic Review to promote universality of the Rome Statute.