ASP 13 Day Eight: Redouble efforts to end impunity

The plenary meets during the final day of the 13th ASP session. © CICC/Gabriella Chamberland

The plenary meets during the final day of the 13th ASP session. © CICC/Gabriella Chamberland

The 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties ended today with governments, the Court and civil society committing to redouble efforts to stamp out continuing impunity for perpetrators of grave crimes in all over the world.

“The ICC cannot operate without the vital support of all partners in the fight against impunity for grave crimes that continue afflict untold numbers of victims all over the world,” said William R. Pace, convenor of the Coalition for the ICC“Never before in history have we had the means to deal with these crimes; we cannot fail to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen and broaden the Rome Statute system. This Assembly has highlighted the great desire for accountability among all peoples—we must now all redouble our efforts to make justice truly global.” Read more.

African countries support Court
African civil society groups highlighted the strong support African countries displayed at the Assembly.

“While a few vocal African governments are intent on portraying the ICC as anti-African and trying to undermine the court, the real picture is quite different,” said Esther Waweru of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. “Just ask the president of the Central African Republic, who expressed deep gratitude to the ICC for assisting her country in the wake of serious crimes there, and the many other African countries that took the floor in support of the ICC.”

More than a dozen African countries represented by senior government officials expressed strong support for the court’s work at the session. The president of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, affirmed the court’s role as a crucial tool in the fight against impunity, and said that the court was essential in delivering justice for victims of grave international crimes. Others included officials from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zambia. Read more.



Plenary session – ASP 13 concludes
This morning, the Bureau held a meeting, followed by a meeting of the Credentials Committee. The plenary then adopted resolutions on the budget, the permanent premises and cooperation, in addition to victims and affected communities, reparations and the Trust Fund for Victims. The afternoon commenced with the election of the new ASP Vice President H.E. Mr. Antonio Bernardini, Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. The plenary then continued with the consideration of reports, the report of the Credentials Committee, the oral report of the rapporteur, the adoption of the report and the closure of the session.

The Omnibus Resolution was the final resolution to be adopted. The ASP session concluded with a minute’s silence for the passing of former ICC judge Arthur NR Robinson. Closing remarks by ASP Vice-President Álvaro Moerzinger.

News
Human Rights Watch emphasized African states’ support for the ICC at ASP 13.

FORUM-ASIA published its statement to ASP 13.

La Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos published its statementto ASP 13, noting the thousands of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Mexico (in Spanish).

Kenya delisted 500 NGOs, a move VOA News connected with the frosty relationship between the government and civil society groups at the ASP.

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