17 July is International Justice Day, celebrating the adoption of the ICC Rome Statute in 1998. Our Coalition members around the world have plenty of activities and events planned to commemorate this important date and tell the world why #JusticeMatters.
Policing the ICC: State Enforcement of ICC Arrest Warrants, ICJ-Kenya, Journalists for Justice and Strathmore Law School, Strathmore Law School Auditorium, Nairobi, 22 July 2015
Panel discussion on the “Political and Judiciary Future of the ICC in Africa”, Côte d’Ivoire Coalition for the ICC, Abidjan, 29 July 2015
Middle East & North Africa
International Justice Day rallies around the Kurdistan Region, Kurdish Organizations Network Coalition for the ICC, 26-27 July 2015
Prosecuting IHL Crimes: Responsibility of Prosecutors as IHL Duty-Bearers, Philippine Coalition for the ICC and the Institute of International Legal Studies, University of the Philippines, the Philippines, 15 July 2015
Discussion with U.S. Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State, New York City Bar, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 16 July 2015
The American Bar Association issued a statement celebrating International Justice Day and calling for increased support for the ICC and other international and domestic accountability efforts.
The Turkish Coalition for the ICC issued a statement in commemoration of International Justice Day.
Coalition for the ICC Convenor William Pace told Euronews that global justice has advanced well over the past 20 years, but that reforms are needed at the ICC. The Coalition called on ICC member states to execute the Court’s arrest warrants. The Institute for Security Studies said that the system of complementarity envisaged by the Rome Statute is slowly coming into place, while George Kegoro of the Kenyan section of the International Commission of Jurists argued that the ICC faces challenges but has made progress.
In view of the International Justice Day, Lawyers Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is leading various initiatives in the framework if its Crossroads project. The promotional video clip of the project is once again broadcasted while teams from Burundi, Nepal, DRC and Uganda gave short interviews give updates on what progress have been made and which initiatives have been launched.