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Informal Daily Summary from the ASP: Friday, 10 December 2010
10 Dec 2010
The ninth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded today in New York, USA.
This message includes an informal summary of key outcomes in the ASP plenary session (I) and side events (II) and links to related documents (III).
>From 6 - 10 December 2010, representatives from each of the 114 ICC States Parties gathered to address and make decisions on numerous issues that are central to the Court's operations.
The ASP is a pivotal event for the Coalition for the ICC, which has participated in ASP sessions for well over a decade. More than 150 NGO representatives attended the ninth ASP to monitor key issues at stake, including the necessary follow-up to the June 2010 ICC Review Conference, the ICC budget, cooperation with the ICC, oversight mechanisms and the upcoming judicial and prosecutorial elections, among other issues. NGOs contributed to discussions through side events, strategy meetings, press conferences and the submission of position papers from the Coalition's issue-based teams.
The various papers produced by Coalition teams as well as individual members' recommendations to the ASP are available on the Coalition's website at: http://coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=asp9
Official ASP documents and journals can be found on the ICC-ASP website at: http://www.icc-cpi.int/nr/exeres/f16c9b3e-55a6-4989-8987-f57125a0d306.htm
Pictures of the event are posted on the Coalition's Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/coalitionforicc/
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need further information.
CICC ASP9 INFORMAL SUMMARY: FRIDAY 10 DECEMBER 2010
I. PLENARY SESSION: KEY OUTCOMES
Today the ninth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adopted a number of reports and resolutions that formed the basis of discussion in preceding days.
The Assembly approved a €103,607,900 budget for 2011. This followed significant discussions on the total amount to be allocated to the Court in 2011 in the context of the global financial climate.
Regarding the ICC Africa Union Liaison Office, the ASP requested that the Court make available from existing funds the amount of €38,300 to maintain diplomatic engagement with the African Union pending a revision of the decision by the AU to reject the opening of the Office.
The ASP passed a resolution on the establishment of an AU office last year but the African Union at its Summit on 27 July 2010 decided to postpone its establishment.
The ASP also created a voluntary fund to facilitate family visits to indigent detainees, to which Germany made a contribution at this session.
* INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT MECHANISM:
The ASP approved a resolution on an Independent Oversight Mechanism (IOM) and in doing so States Parties agreed to adopt the operational mandate for the investigative function of the IOM. During the coming year the working procedures of the IOM will be set out in a manual to be adopted at the next ASP.
The IOM is a mechanism established to investigate allegations of misconduct by ICC staff, elected officials and contractors, as well as to inspect and evaluate the Court in order to enhance its efficiency and economy.
The ASP adopted the resolution on the permanent premises for the Court. The adopted resolution decided the budget and timeline for construction of the new ICC premises, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.
* WORKING GROUP ON AMENDMENTS:
The ASP adopted the report of the Working Group on Amendments reflecting on discussions held during the course of the week, which included agreement to hold informal consultations next year in New York on the following areas: tabled amendments to the Rome Statute; possible new amendments to the Rome Statute and the ICC Rules of Evidence and Procedures; and the elaboration of procedural rules or guidelines for the Working Group in the future.
The ASP passed the omnibus resolution, formally titled “Strengthening the International Criminal and the Assembly of States Parties”. This resolution covers a wide number of policy and practical issues relating to the ICC, the ASP and international criminal justice.
* OTHER ISSUES:
Other texts adopted today by the ASP included an ASP Resolution on the Establishment of a Study Group on Governance and the Report of the Credential Committee.
These resolutions will soon be made available on the ASP-ICC Website at: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ASP/Sessions/Documentation/9th+Session/Ninth+session+of+the+Assembly+of+States+Parties.htm
Finally, the ASP appointed Ambassador Simona-Mirela MICULESCU, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, as the new Vice-president to the ASP Bureau replacing Mr. Zachary D. Muburi- Muita (Kenya).
The elections of a new ASP president were deferred to the opening of the next ASP session.
The tenth session of the ASP will take place in New-York from 12 to 21 December 2011.
II. SIDE EVENTS
The Uganda Coalition for the ICC (UCICC), No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), HURINET, and the governments of Argentina, Botswana, Finland and South Africa hosted a presentation of the Final Report on Delegates’ Visits to Uganda. This report presented the findings and recommendations of delegations from state parties who visited Uganda to engage in dialogue with victims and communities affected by the work of the International Criminal Court, civil society and other stakeholders in the fight against impunity. These visits were organized by UCICC, NPWJ, and HURINET.
The report will soon be made available at: http://www.ucicc.org/ , http://www.npwj.org/ and http://www.hurinet.or.ug/
The Case Matrix Network hosted a briefing on the Capacity-Building Platform “Legal Tools Project”. The Legal Tools Project provides the general public with free access to the Legal Tools Database of basic legal information in international criminal law.
Read more on the project at: http://www.legal-tools.org/en/what-are-the-icc-legal-tools/
An EU coordination meeting on the ASP took place before the commencement of the plenary.
III. RELATED DOCUMENTS
1. The various papers produced and statements by Coalition teams as well as individual members' recommendations to the ASP are available on the Coalition's website at: http://coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=asp9
2. Official ASP documents can be found on the ICC-ASP website at: http://www.icc-cpi.int/nr/exeres/f16c9b3e-55a6-4989-8987-f57125a0d306.htm
3. “Bringing Power to Justice: Absence of Impunity for Heads of State before the International Criminal Court”, Amnesty International, 9 December 2010, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/IOR53/017/2010/en
4. “Exclusive interview with US Ambassador for War Crimes Stephen Rapp,” AMICC, 10 December 2010, http://amicc.blogspot.com/2010/12/watch-breaking-news-amicc-gets.html