Civil society in Mexico and Europe are calling on the Mexican government and European Union (EU) member states to advance the fight against impunity by criminalizing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Earlier this month, European and Mexican civil society groups—including the Coalition Secretariat and Coalition members—met in Mexico City for the 3rd EU-Mexico Civil Society Seminar on Human Rights.
The seminar was organized ahead of the 5th EU-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue, a bilateral meeting to discuss human rights issues in Mexico and Europe.
Our Coalition encourages the EU to promote the universal ratification and implementation of the ICC Rome Statute, as well as cooperation with the Court, during dialogues with non-EU countries around the world.
The seminar focused on four areas:
- Rule of law;
- Business and human rights;
- Migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons; and
- Children and adolescents.
During the seminar, our Coalition called on Mexico and EU member states to move forward with the process of incorporating the ICC Rome Statute into domestic law. This step would allow national authorities to apply provisions on crimes under international law when conducting domestic investigations and prosecutions. It would also facilitate their full and effective cooperation with the ICC.
Thirty-seven European states have incorporated the Rome Statute into national legislation.
Seminar participants also called on the EU to include the fight against impunity for international crimes as a key objective of its policies in coming years.
Recommendations for the implementation of the Rome Statute were included in the seminar conclusions and recommendations, which were presented to Mexican authorities and EU representatives during the Human Rights Dialogue.
Read the conclusions and recommendations of the seminar (in Spanish)