Int. Criminal Court - ASP 15
Representatives of the 124 member states of the International Criminal Court (ICC) meet for the 15th annual session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute, in the Hague from November 15 to 24, 2016.
Stakeholders in the international justice system will discuss and decide upon the workings and future of the ICC. Coming at a time of difficulty for the ICC, up to 400 civil society delegates will be calling for a show of unity from governments and expressions of support for victims of grave crimes at this 15th annual ASP session.
Representatives of the 124 member states of the ICC, who together form the management and legislative body of the Court, meet at least once a year to discuss and decide on a number of issues central to the functioning of the Court.
The ASP is a pivotal forum for the Coalition, providing a unique opportunity for NGOs to engage with representatives of Rome Statute states parties and observer states and with Court officials and staff on a range of topics related to international justice. Side events - organized by civil society and states alike, provide additional platforms for advocacy on ending impunity for international crimes.
At the 15th ASP session, states will discuss and take decisions on a number of issues, including:
- Strengthening the work of the ASP and the Court as a whole;
- State cooperation with the Court;
- Implementation of the principle of complementarity;
- Efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal process;
- Review of the work of the Advisory Committee on Nominations (in light of judicial elections in 2017);
- The Court's proposed budget for 2017.
A dedicated pledging ceremony on the ratification of the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities (APIC) will also be organized, to encourage states to pledge to ratify the treaty ahead of the Court's 20th anniversary in 2018.
Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is attending the fifteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC in The Hague. "A crime against a child is a crime against humanity," expressed Bensouda following various debates between human rights NGOs on the situation of children in conflict zones.
Keynote speech by Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the opening ceremony of the fifteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, urged states to "safeguard our societies by standing firm on the principles of justice which anchor this institution", emphasizing that changes should not be made to the Rome Statute under threat of withdrawal.
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