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International Justice Day: Coalition Statement; List of Activities; ICC Documents and Links
15 July 2011
On Sunday, 17 July 2011, the world will celebrate International Justice Day in honor of the thirteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On this date 13 years ago, with the overwhelming support of 120 nations, the Rome Statute was adopted, leading to the creation of the world's first permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
As it has been the case for many years, the Coalition will commemorate this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.
This message includes a statement issued by the Coalition in advance of this important date (I), an informal compilation of events held by Coalition members worldwide (II) as well as related ICC Press releases and links (III).
For more information on International Justice Day visit: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=rome
I. COALITION PRESS RELEASE
1. "International Justice Day: World Celebrates 13th Anniversary of New Global System to End Impunity - Reiterates Call for States to Join the Rome Statute and to Nominate the Most Highly-Qualified Candidates for 2011 ICC Elections," Press release, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, 15 July 2011, http://coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/IJD_2011_PR_FINAL1.pdf
"On Sunday, 17 July 2011, the world will celebrate International Justice Day in honor of the thirteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
International Justice Day is a reminder of the urgency for all States committed to justice to ensure continued support for the Rome Statute's international justice system, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court said today. As it has been the case for many years, the Coalition will commemorate this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.
"International Justice Day is a time to reflect on the enormous strides the international community has made towards the ultimate goal of ending impunity for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide with the adoption of the Rome Statute," said Coalition Convenor William R Pace. "It is also a time to take stock of the colossal amount of work that remains to be done. The post 'Cold War' achievements of international justice during the past 15 years are unprecedented. But as most of the world's ad hoc and special tribunals begin winding down, the ICC will take on even greater importance as the world's only permanent court of international criminal justice," he added.
"So today, we urge all states, international organizations, civil society and the world's media to reaffirm their commitment to justice, and to the goal that all nations should ratify the Rome Statute," Pace stated. "That the ICC has become, within a few years of its establishment, a major actor in global 'conflict management' is an astounding development."
On this date 13 years ago, with the overwhelming support of 120 nations, the Rome Statute was adopted, leading to the creation of the world's first permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Today 116 nations have joined the Court and the number keeps growing. A number of states around the world including the Philippines, Cape Verde, Malaysia and the Maldives are nearing completion of their ratification processes.
"States from Asia and the Arab world have long been under-represented at the Court," said Brigitte Suhr, Director of Regional Programs. "Now with Tunisia's recent ratification and several Asian states on the verge of joining, the Coalition's long time goal of universal acceptance of the Court is advancing. Other Arab states, as well as the remaining P-5 states China, Russia and the United States should also take concrete steps toward becoming part of this system," she added.
This year, International Justice Day takes place during the nomination period for candidates for upcoming elections of judges to the ICC at the Assembly of State Parties in December 2011. A new prosecutor will also be elected. The elections represent the most significant change to the composition of the Court's bench and the Office of the Prosecutor in recent years.
"The upcoming elections will shape the Court and the Rome Statute system considerably over the coming years," said William Pace. "States parties will have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that only the most qualified-candidates are nominated and elected, and that the process is fair and transparent. In so doing they can help to make certain that the Court's reputation as the pre-eminent international tribunal is that of fairness and effectiveness."
International Justice Day is also an opportunity for the world community to celebrate the historic advances in ending impunity for the worst crimes in international law. Since 1993, around 200 trials dealing with terrible crimes committed in 12 countries have been held by six international and special tribunals. Similar trials are ongoing at national level. At the ICC, three trials are being conducted, investigations in six countries have been opened, and 18 arrest warrants and nine summonses to appear have been issued. Allegations of crimes committed in many other countries are also being considered by the ICC Prosecutor. ..."
II. INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE DAY ACTIVITIES
Please find below a non-exhaustive list of events and actions undertaken by members of the Coalition worldwide around International Justice Day.
This is list is available at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/CICC_IJD_Activities_by_region_17July2011__2_.pdf
Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact [email protected] to share information on an event or for related questions.
For more information on IJD, visit: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=rome and http://internationalcriminaljusticeday.icc-cpi.info/
- On 14 July 2011, the CICC Secretariat held a live question-and-answer session with Coalition Convenor William R. Pace. The session focused on key issues related to the Rome Statute system, including recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, ongoing Coalition ratification/ implementation efforts worldwide and upcoming ICC elections for six new judges and a prosecutor, among other issues.
The transcript of the question-and-answer session is available online at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/blog/.
- On 15 July 2011, the International Bar Association and No peace Without Justice will issue a press release in advance of International Justice Day. These releases and other Coalition members media statements are available at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=rome
* Côte d'Ivoire
In commemoration of IJD, the Côte d'Ivoire Coalition for the ICC (CI-CPI) organized the following activities:
i. On 10 July 2011 at 10 a.m., an informal debate with NGO leaders on national and international justice was held on Radio National.
ii. On 17 July 2011 at 8:30 p.m., 'Lady ICC', a video of a theater play created by the CI-CPI to reach out to Ivorians, will be screened on national television (TCI).
iii. The CI-CPI's fourth edition of The Great Debates of the CI-CPI for Justice. will take place at the Pullman Hotel on19 July 2011 at 9 a.m.
For more information contact CI-CPI President Ali Ouattara at [email protected]
* Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
On the occasion of IJD, the DRC National Coalition for the ICC (CN-CPI/RDC) will urge the DRC government to expedite the adoption of the national law implementing the Rome Statute, which is currently being reviewed by a parliamentary sub-committee.
For more information see: http://www.digitalcongo.net/article/77021 or contact: Andre Kito, Deputy Coordinator of the DRC Coalition for the ICC at [email protected]
The Ugandan Coalition for the ICC (UCICC) and Avocats Sans Frontières-Uganda (ASF-U) will participate in a number of events in celebration of IJD:
i. On 8 July 2011, the UCICC held a press briefing to highlight current issues in international criminal justice at the offices of Human Rights Network-Uganda (HURINET-U).
ii. On 9 July 2011, ASF-U spoke about international justice and IJD on Capital Gang, a popular radio talk show.
iii. The UCICC attended the war crimes trials in Gulu, Northern Uganda, on 11 July 2011.
iv. On 12 July 2011, the UCICC in partnership with ASF-U, the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP), the Kampala Field Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court, and HURINET-U successfully held a stakeholders' dialogue on the evolution of International Criminal Justice as part of planned events in the lead up to the IJD.
v. This dialogue was followed by a procession on 13 July 2011. Civil society organizations working with affected communities, religious and local leaders, and community members, accompanied by a brass band, marched through the main streets of Gulu to Boma Grounds. The march culminated in a community and CSO dialogue on accountability and justice as key pillars of sustainable peace in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Theatre performances and different plays also animated the audience.
A brief report of the activity is available at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/Brief_on_stakeholders\_dialogue_on_Internatioal_criminal_justice_UCICC.pdf
For more information contact: Joyce Apio, Coordinator of the UCICC at [email protected] or visit http://www.ucicc.org/.
* Dominican Republic
On 15 July 2011, the Dominican Coalition for the ICC will issue a press release on the occasion of IJD which will be circulated in the Dominican media. In its statement, the DCICC will highlight the celebration of IJD and call on the Dominican Republic (DR) government to take the necessary measures to promptly implement the Rome Statute within its domestic legislation. DR has been a state party to the Rome Statute since 2005.
* El Salvador
On 19 July 2011, the Salvadoran Coalition for the ICC will launch a publication containing the final recommendations approved during the Coalition's Americas Regional Strategy Meeting which took place on 13-14 June 2011.
To read the recommendations, see:
- The Mexican Coalition for the ICC and the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales -Inacipe- are organizing a screening of The Reckoning for 21 July 2011, which will be followed by a dialogue with students and general public on the ICC and its impact in Mexico. The dialogue will be moderated by Héctor Carreón Perea, Chair of the Mexican Coalition for the ICC; Alberto Nava Cortez, representative of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District; and Jacobo Dayan, Academic Director of the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, A.C.
- In addition, the latest issue of the Legal Journal Revista DFensor, published by the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (D.F.), will be officially launched during this event. This issue of DFensor has focused exclusively on international justice (IJ) and contains a number of articles on IJ, including a summarized version of the Coalition's article on upcoming ICC elections.
- Furthermore, on 19 July 2011, the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District will hold a seminar on the latest developments at the ICC.
* United States of America
- On 15 July 2011, the CICC Secretariat is holding a panel discussion on 'The ICC and the Protection of Civilians' scheduled for 10am-12pm in Conference Room 2 in the North Lawn Building at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Mrs. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, will give the keynote address, to be followed by a discussion with panelists, including H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser, President of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties; Mr. William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court; Ms. Charlotte Bunch, GEAR Campaign and Founding Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership; and Mr. Donald Deya, Executive Director of the Pan African Lawyers Union.
- In commemoration of IJD, the American NGO Coalition for the ICC asks you to take action and sign its petition on Change.org to ask US President Barack Obama to help arrest Libyan Head of State Muammar Gaddafi, Leader of the Great Fateh Revolution, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi.
The petition is available at, http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-president-obama-to-help-the-international-criminal-court-arrest-gaddafi
In addition, AMICC's Outreach Coordinator Hannah Dunphy, will speak on the ICC at the summer meeting of AI-Maine, organized by the Maine Alliance for the ICC and AI USA-Maine, to be held on 17 July 12011 at Waldoboro, ME.
For further information, contact Hannah Dunphy, AMICC Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected] or visit http://amicc.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-17th-celebrations-rundown-of.html and http://www.amicc.org/ .
- On 15 July 2011 at 3 pm, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International-USA, the International Crisis Group, and Open Society Foundations organized a screening and discussion around the documentary, "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" at the Capitol Visitors' Center Congressional Auditorium and Atrium. U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission gave introductory remarks before the film screening. After the film, panelists discussed ongoing efforts to further accountability in Sri Lanka, including the findings of the recent U.N. Panel of Experts report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, and the U.S. response to these developments.
- In honor of IJD, Link TV will be airing a special educational presentation of excerpts from the film, The Reckoning, which details the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its efforts to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The educational modules will be aired on Link TV on 17 July 2011 at 3p PT/6p ET DirecTV Channel 375 or Dish Channel 9410, or online at http://www.linktv.org/programs/the-reckoning .
On 9 July 2011, the China Branch of the International Association of Penal Law held a conference at Beijing Normal University, which was organized by the College for Criminal Law Science and the ICC Project Office in China. More than 100 participants, most of them leading experts in this field, attended this conference. Also present were some officials from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Department of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Security, among others. This conference summarized past efforts and activities conducted by the Chinese legal community on important issues related to international criminal law and discussed advocacy plans for 2012.
A report of the conference is available, in Chinese, at:
The Indonesian Civil Society Network for the ICC has tentatively planned a meeting with the focal point on the ICC in the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. The roundtable discussion with national experts on the ICC will provide a platform to discuss strategies to advance the process of accession to the Rome Statute. On 19 July 2011, the Network will hold a media briefing urging Indonesia to expedite the process of acceding to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
On 17 July 2011, the Nepal Coalition for the ICC, in collaboration with the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) will launch a publication, National Preparation for the Implementation of Rome Statute, a review of the national judicial system and existing criminal legislation. They will further submit a memorandum on RS ratification to the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav, who is responsible for submitting Nepal's accession dossier to the cabinet.
Visit http://www.icc.inseconline.org/ for more information.
* The Philippines
The Philippine Coalition for the ICC (PCICC) has organized numerous events in commemoration of the adoption of the Rome Statute.
On 15 July 2011, the PCICC and Building Bridges for Peace hosted public screening of The Reckoning at 6 p.m. in the provincial capital of Misamis Oriental. Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and NGOs such as Amnesty International (Cagayan de Oro Chapter), Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc., and Balaod Mindanao attended.
On 18 July 2011, from 1-5:30 p.m., the PCICC, the Institute for International Studies, and the UP College of Law of the University of Philippines will hold a forum on "Moving Forward with Philippine Ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC." Speakers at the forum will include Danilo Concepcion (UP College of Law Dean), Evelyn Serrano (CICC Asia), Atty. Eleanor Conda (Board member, PCICC), Prof. Raul Pangalangan (PCICC Co-chair), Prof. Harry Roque (director of the Institute of International Legal Studies) and Prof. Merlin Magallona (former dean UP College of Law), Rebecca Lozada (PCICC National Coordinator).
Visit http://pcicc.wordpress.com for more information.
On 18 July 2011, the Georgian Coalition for the ICC will issue a statement on the merits of the Rome Statute system and international criminal justice that will be published on the website of the Georgia Young Lawyers Association (GYLA).
For further information contact the Georgia Young Lawyers Association at [email protected] or visit: http://gyla.ge/index.php?lang=en
On 15 July 2011, the Moldovan Coalition for the International Criminal Court (MCICC) will hold a training session on the ICC with the media. Following the seminar, journalists will be asked to write some articles on the ICC and publish them in their respective media outlets. The MCICC will also issue a public statement on IJD.
For further information contact the Moldovan Coalition for the ICC at [email protected]
In celebration of IJD, the Iraqi National Commission for the ICC will issue a statement calling for Iraq's Accession to the Rome Statute.
On 17 July 2011, the Jordanian Coalition for the ICC will host an event for its members and various civil society representatives. The JCICC will also issue a statement calling on the respect of the rule of law in celebration of IJD.
III. ICC DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
A. ICC LINKS AND AV MATERIALS
1. International Criminal Justice Day website: http://internationalcriminaljusticeday.icc-cpi.info/
2. International Criminal Justice Day Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/InternationalCriminalJusticeDay
3. ICC IJD video clips, ICC YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/IntlCriminalCourt
B. ICC PRESS RELEASES
1. "17 July - International Criminal Justice Day: Join the Celebrations by disseminating Audio-visual materials", ICC Press Release, ICC-CPI-20110714-PR698, 14 July 2011, http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/753DA228-0275-4B13-B381-578297260D04.htm
2. "ICC launches celebrations for 17 July - International Criminal Justice Day", ICC Press Release, ICC-CPI-20110707-PR694, 7 July 2011, http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/36550B66-7D79-4F27-A40A-C51F9529A90C.htm
3. "17 July - International Criminal Justice Day: ICC launches celebrations on 7 July 2011", ICC Media Advisory, ICC-CPI-20110705-MA104, 5 July 2011, http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/FDA6DE55-FAC2-4909-8A12-8E32833C9329.htm
4. "ICC launches Facebook page in countdown to 17 July: International Criminal Justice Day", ICC Press Release, ICC-CPI-20110701-PR693 http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/8849C2D0-B356-4083-B353-AA7BAFDD441E.htm
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