Twenty years ago, in response to rampant impunity the world over, a small group of human rights organizations began campaigning for a permanent international criminal court to hold individuals to account for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Few predicted where we have ended up all these years later.
Our civil society Coalition now stands at over 2,500 members in 150 countries, working in partnership for justice for victims of grave crimes though national courts and the now-established International Criminal Court (ICC).
In celebration of this 20th anniversary year, we've launched a special blog series entitled When hope and history rhyme. Over the coming months, we'll be asking those who have made this remarkable journey possible to reflect on the many lessons learned to date, as well as on the challenges that we continue to face in establishing a system of justice that is truly global.
To kick the series off, Coalition Convenor William Pace discusses the historical significance of the ICC along with advancements in international justice that came before it.
Let us know if you would like to add your voice.