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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.

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Ghanaian officials have called on others to implement the Rome Statute into national law, now it’s time for it to do the same.

Join our call on Ghana to adopt a law to prosecute ICC crimes domestically.

Learn more on our #GlobalJustice blog.


Judges ask prosecutor to reconsider Gaza flotilla decision

ICC judges have asked the prosecutor to revisit her decision not to proceed with an investigation into the 2010 Israeli raid of a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla during which 10 people were killed. But what exactly does this mean?

Libya verdicts spark international condemnation

The decision of a Libyan court to sentence to death ICC suspects Saif Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi, along with seven other former government officials, has drawn heavy criticism from civil society and UN officials.

Missed opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire

In a new report, Human Rights Watch concludes that a number missed opportunities has resulted in a failure of the ICC to maximize the impact of its work in Côte d’Ivoire.


ICC case law matters to Peruvian judges

Peru has not yet passed legislation allowing domestic prosecutions of ICC crimes, but the country's judges are keenly interested in developments at the Court and how they can impact national law.

The eyeWitness app: Closing the verification gap

In this post from the International Justice Monitor, Wendy Betts discusses the use of citizen-captured information in criminal trials and the role of innovative tools such as the recently launched “eyeWitness to Atrocities” app.

Technology for truth: Ensuring it’s not just more sound and fury

In this post from the International Justice Monitor, Kelly Matheson discusses how activists can be trained to better use technology as a tool for accountability.

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Rome Statute: 123
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities: 74

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 23
Article 8: 24

Focus Countries 2015

August: Ghana
September: Sri Lanka
October: Togo and Turkey

*Each month we call on different countries to join the ICC as part of our Campaign for Global Justice.


2 September - Wading in Troubled Waters: Supporting the Work of International Criminal Court (ICC) Through Domestic Legal Institutions in Africa, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (and webcast)
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