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Veto of justice for Syria highlights need for Security Council reform

A woman cries after her home in north Syria was shelled in March 2012. © Rodrigo Abd, AP

The failed attempt to bring international justice to Syria has bolstered calls to reform the veto-power of permanent members of the UN Security Council when dealing with mass atrocities.

Meanwhile, the resolution that would have asked the ICC to investigate contained provisions undermining the prosecutor’s ability to deliver impartial justice.

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Sign our petition or send a tweet calling on President Michel Martelly to accede to the ICC Rome Statute now!

Learn more about our call on Haiti to join the ICC on our #GlobalJustice blog.

ICC INVESTIGATIONS

12 years for Katanga - civil society reaction

We bring you some civil society reaction last month’s sentencing of Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to 12 years imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during an attack on the village of Bogoro in eastern DRC in 2003. Read more...
 

Gaddafi ICC trial to go ahead say appeals judges

The ICC Appeals Chamber has confirmed the admissibility of the Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi case before the ICC. The Chamber concluded that pre-trial judges had not erred in finding that Libya had fallen short of proving that its national investigation covers the same case before the ICC. Read more…
Age of child soldiers at center of final Lubanga appeal hearings

The age of child soldiers under the command of convicted Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga was at the center of the case’s final appeal hearings before the ICC. Two witnesses testified for the defense regarding their ages and their relationship with Lubanga in 2002-2003 when they were his live-in bodyguards in the presidential guard. Read more…


ICC examining alleged UK crimes in Iraq – what does it mean?

The ICC prosecutor’s decision to re-open a preliminary examination into international crimes allegedly committed by British armed forces in Iraq has provoked strong reaction, and some confusion. So what happens next and what are people saying? Read more...

Accountability critical to Libya’s future says ICC prosecutor at UN

In her latest briefing to the UN Security Council, the ICC prosecutor stressed that accountability for grave crimes in Libya is crucial to the country’s stability and transition to democracy. The prosecutor also called on the government to immediately comply with an ICC order to surrender Saif Gaddafi to The Hague. Read more...


Trials of Gaddafi and Al-Senussi yet to begin, says Libya

The Libyan government has informed ICC judges that national trials of Saif Al Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi—both wanted by the Court for crimes against humanity in early 2011—have yet to begin.The authorities explained that media reports last month of the start of the trials were inaccurate as the hearings in question were purely procedural. Read more...


FIGHTING IMPUNITY AROUND THE WORLD

#TimetoAct: Civil society to join global push to end sexual violence in conflict

Civil society will join governments and others in London next week for a major push to eradicate the scourge of war-time sexual violence. From 10-13 June, the United Kingdom’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict aims to create momentum towards ending the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict. Read more...


All you need to know about electing ICC judges – video & infographic

In December 2014, governments will elect six new ICC judges. In this video interview with Coalition Convenor William R. Pace underlines the need for ICC member states to nominate and elect the most highly qualified candidates to ensure the Court's long-term fairness, efficiency and independence. Read more...

Civil society calls for strengthening of ICC communications

At a meeting in The Hague earlier this month, civil society called for a bolstering of the ICC’s critically important communications efforts as it moves to a new, politically-charged phase of its existence. Read more...

Building bridges: Field office crucial to ICC’s work in Côte d’Ivoire

The opening of a field office in Côte d’Ivoire less than three years ago has given the ICC a voice in the country and allowed it to directly interact with local communities, writes Ali Ouattara, head of the Ivorian Coalition for the ICC. Read more...

Universal Periodic Review provides opportunity to promote ICC

The UN system offers civil society quite a few opportunities to push governments to prioritize justice and accountability. One Such opportunity is the Universal Period Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council, by which each of the UN’s 193 member states has its human rights record assessed every four years. Read more...

Civil society urges Honduras to investigate crimes under ICC preliminary examination

Last month, members of civil society met in Honduras to discuss Honduras’s relationship with the ICC, including the status of the Court’s preliminary examination into alleged crimes arising from the country’s 2009 coup. Read more...

Coalition member profile: Mustafa Adam Ahmed Hussain

Mustafa Adam Ahmed Hussain knows what it means to put his life on the line for what he believes in. The Darfuri activist and academic has been detained by authorities in Khartoum on several occasions for trying to advance human rights in Sudan – most recently for a few days last year. Read more...


Civil society opposes immunities in proposed expansion of African Court

Civil society has opposed plans to give immunity to senior government officials as part of the African Union’s (AU) proposed expansion of the African Court on Justice and Human Rights to include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Read more...


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Ratifications/Accessions

Rome Statute: 122
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities: 72

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 14
Article 8: 17
 

Focus Countries 2014

May: Azerbaijan
June: Haiti
July: Ukraine

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


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