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12th Assembly of States Parties – November 2013
From 20-28 November 2013, civil society from across the world joined states and other stakeholders in The Hague for the 12th annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Throughout the year, NGO experts monitor the work of the ICC and ASP through our Issue Teams. The following Teams have issued recommendations to ASP 12 :
• ASP Oversight
• Budget and Finance
• Gender Justice
• Legal Representation
• Strategic Planning Process
• Trust Fund for Victims
We have also produced a background paper on the various issues that were discussed at the Assembly. At the bottom of this page, you will find various statements, papers and reports issued by the Coalition and individual NGO members for ASP 12.
Official ASP documents and journals can be found on the ICC-ASP website.
What was discussed at ASP 12?
As the ICC’s governing body, the 122 states parties that currently make up the Assembly discussed and made decisions on a number of issues central to the Court's operations, including the Court’s 2014 budget and the election of a new judge and other officials.
The Assembly also held a dedicated debate on victims for the first time. Improved cooperation with the Court and its decisions was also up for discussion.
At the request of the African Union, a special segment entitled "Indictment of sitting Heads of State and Government and its consequences on peace and stability and reconciliation”, as well as proposed amendments to the Court’s legal framework were on the agenda, including to its provisions excluding immunity based on official capacity and those requiring the presence of accused persons at trial.
ASP 12 was a pivotal event for the Coalition, with NGOs contributing to discussions through side events, advocacy meetings and press conferences. See the ASP journal for more information.
How can I stay informed?
We produced short daily summaries of developments at the ASP, with a compilation of related documents and news coverage.
Read our Daily Summaries:
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