The 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) continued today at the United Nations in New York. The Assembly will run until 17 December.
We bring you a summary of today’s ASP plenary, elections and side events, as well as news coverage, documents and websites.
Advocacy papers produced by Coalition teams, as well as individual members’ recommendations to the ASP are available on the our website. Official ASP documents and journals can be found on theICC-ASP website.
No one was elected in the second round of voting, as no candidate reached the required number of votes. Ghana withdrew its candidate after the second round. The third round of voting was declared void. After the third round, Tunisia, Estonia and Madagascar withdrew their candidates.
With the elections taking more time than anticipated, a decision will be made tomorrow on when to continue with the election of the remaining four judges during this ASP session.
In the afternoon, Justice Rapid Response (JRR), Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Uganda held an event entitled, Justice Rapid Response: Strengthening the International Community’s Capacity for Core International Crimes. The event saw the launch of JRR’s annual report. Participants learned about JRR’s roster of experts available for rapid, high-quality investigations of the most serious crimes, and how it works to enhance national capacities for investigations of international crimes. JRR has a roster of 480 rapidly deployable experts – 52% of whom are women, 40% are from the global south. UN Women partners with JRR to deploy experts to investigate and provide training on detecting sexual and gender-based violence.
COALITION PRESS BRIEFING
The Coalition for the ICC held a press conference on issues related to the ICC and ASP 13. Panelists included Stephanie Barbour of Amnesty International, Karine Bonneau of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Brigid Inder of Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and James Gondi of Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice. The Coalition’s Niall Matthews moderated. Video of the press conference will be available on the UN website.
In the afternoon, the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and Liechtenstein will hold a panel event on First Responders and Digital Evidence. Brazil, the Netherlands and Norway will hold an event on cooperation. REDRESS and the Institute for Security Studies, with assistance from Finland, will hold an event, entitled, Participatory Rights of Victims International Crimes in National Criminal Justice Systems: Prospects for Effective Complementarity. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will hold an event on the 20th anniversary of the ICTR and launch a new website. Additionally, No Peace Without Justice and Italy will hold a panel event, entitled, Accountability for Syria: Options and Preparations.
In the evening, the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is launching its 2014 Gender Report Card on the ICC. The Municipality of The Hague is holding as panel event, entitled, Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Violations: Forging Effective and Efficient Litigation of International Atrocity Crimes, featuring a keynote address by ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song. A reception will follow.
Coalition Convenor William Pace told the Associated Press that Palestine participating at the ASP as an observer state is significant both because it was requested and because it approved without objection.
Human Rights Watch’s Balkees Jarrah said that Palestine has repeatedly delayed its promises to join the ICC and called on it to do so.
FIDH summarized its delegation’s first day at the ASP.
FIDH denounced the Kenyan government for failing to cooperate with the ICC.
No Peace Without Justice will hold an ASP side event on accountability in Syria.
OSJI issued a statement to the ASP calling for the establishment of performance indicators for the Rome Statute system.
The Associated Press reported that ASP 13 opened with the ICC-Africa relationship as a focus.
South Korean Judge Chang-ho Chung was elected as an ICC judge.
Newly elected ASP President Sidiki Kaba urged the ICC to work to change the perception of the Court in Africa and noted that Africa is not against the Court.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested leave to appeal against the decision not to refer the Kenyan government to the ASP for not cooperating with the Court.
The ICC prosecutor launched a Policy on Sexual and Gender-based Crimes.
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