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Friday, 15 July 2016

International Criminal Justice Day 2016, July 17.

Journée de la justice pénale internationale, le 17 Juillet.
International Criminal Justice Day, July 17.
Día de la Justicia Penal Internacional, 17 de Julio.
Международный день уголовного правосудия, 17 июля.
 國際刑事司法日, 7月17日.
يوم العدالة الجنائية الدولية، 17 يوليو تموز.

Theme 2016  : Justice Matters.


Statement by the United Nations Secretary General on the International Criminal Justice Day 2016, July 17th.

I am pleased to send warm greetings to all participants at this commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day.  I thank Italy and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for organizing this gathering.
As we mark the eighteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, we can celebrate the common goals shared by the ICC and the United Nations.  Both strive to maintain international peace and security, promote respect for human rights and secure the rule of law.  The Court’s goals of ending impunity and ensuring accountability are closely aligned with the work of the United Nations.
To realize our shared vision of a more peaceful, just and sustainable future, we must hold perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern to account.  This may seem like an obvious imperative, but the very idea of international criminal law and the International Criminal Court poses a challenge to authoritarians.  International criminal law limits what they may do to acquire, exercise and retain power.  The International Criminal Court stands as a guarantee, if all else fails, of such limits.
Thanks to the Court, criminals can no longer be confident that force will win them impunity.  That is why the ICC can expect to face constant challenges to its authority, attempts to destroy public trust in it, and other efforts to undermine its work.  The cause of international criminal justice, and of the International Criminal Court, is a constant struggle.
We must always be ready to confront those who would reverse progress.  We must do our utmost to give our children an inheritance of justice, accountability and determined, principled action against impunity.
The lifetime of this Court coincides with the birth and growth of an age of accountability.  As we seek to advance this cause, the International Criminal Court can rely on the full and unwavering support and commitment of the United Nations, now and in the future.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

Situations under investigation.
Upon referrals by States Parties or by the UNSC, or on its own initiative and with the judges' authorisation, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) conducts investigations by gathering and examining evidence, questioning persons under investigation and questioning victims and witnesses, for the purpose of finding evidence of a suspect's innocence or guilt. OTP must investigate incriminating and exonerating circumstances equally. OTP requests cooperation and assistance from States and international organisations, and also sends investigators to areas where the alleged crimes occurred to gather evidence. Investigators must be careful not to create any risk to the victims and witnesses.

ICC Situations Under Investigation

Preliminary examinations :
Before an investigation can begin, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) conducts a preliminary examination to decide whether there is enough information on crimes of sufficient gravity, providing a reasonable basis to open an investigation. During this examination, OTP analyses whether or not the ICC has jurisdiction (a crime listed in the Rome Statute appears to have been committed by a national of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party, after 1 July 2002); whether an investigation would be admissible (a national court is not already dealing with it); and whether or not an investigation would be in the interests of justice and of the victims (here OTP considers whether, regardless of jurisdiction and admissibility, there is some good reason not to take on this situation).

ICC Preliminary examinations

FORUM : World Day For International Justice - July 17th.
Interacting with communities affected by crimes

States Parties to the Rome Statute, 14th Session Official Records
The International Criminal Justice Day is commemorated on 17 July; this is the day that marks the entry into force of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC), which took place ten years ago in 2002.

ICC launches #JusticeMatters social media campaign to mark 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice

Protecting the Integrity of the International Criminal Court

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Browse, read and hear stories of the people who work to make justice happen and the people for whom justice matters most.
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 The ICC exhibit Justice Matters uses intimate portraits and videos to explore how justice is crucial to survivors of the world's most heinous crimes, and how it matters to the world as we strive together to achieve lasting peace.


EVENTS : Commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day 2016

Towards stability and lastin​g peace.
Justice is a key prerequisite for lasting peace. International justice can contribute to long‐term peace, stability and equitable development in post‐conflict societies. These elements are foundational for building a future free ​of violence.

Argentina, as the first ICC Prosecutor, April 21, 2003. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)


ICC’s ‘complementarity’ explained in new handbook.

The International Center for Transitional Justice in New York has published a new handbook for non-specialists, journalists and activists, that walks them through the intricacies of “complementarity,” a fundamental principle of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

An Introduction to the role of Nations Courts and the ICC in Prosecuting International Crimes. HANDBOOK ON COMPLEMENTARITY

Audio : Latest News from the International Criminal Court.

Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in this video by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations.


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