NEW YORK, JULY 17 – The International Criminal Court foundation day is a day of pride for humanity. It means that no one can be above the law, the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a videomessage to New York to mark the anniversary of the Rome Statute.
From a conference in Dakar, Senegal, Bensouda stated: “As we celebrate this International Criminal Justice Day in Dakar and around the world, we cannot overstate the importance of strong state cooperation and complementarity in the effective fight against impunity for atrocity crimes. We mark this Day by reaffirming our steadfast commitment to the cause of international criminal justice and to redoubling our efforts, in our respective roles, to ensure justice is done, not least for the victims of these serious crimes”
July 17 marks a historic shift in international cooperation to end atrocious crimes, when, 19 years ago on this date, 120 countries adopted an international treaty called the Rome Statute. Four years later, the Rome Statute took effect, establishing the ICC, upon ratification by 60 States. This year, the ICC celebrates its 15th anniversary with 124 States parties to the Rome Statute and striving to build a more just world.
ICC President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi marked 17 July from a London conference on international criminal law and Syria, where the ICC does not currently have jurisdiction. She stated: “The ICC has helped place the concept of justice and accountability permanently on the international agenda. A permanent institution for addressing the gravest crimes has inspired the fight against impunity worldwide. The ICC represents a promise of justice and protection for victims of atrocious crimes. In order to sustain the historic gains made in international justice, the Court needs sufficient and concrete support for its activities”.
At the event in New York, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi stressed that “it’s crucial that the international community is committed to support member states in prosecuting and ensuring justice access for all”. Cardi chaired the meeting as Vice President of the Assembly of states parties. (@OnuItalia)