The president of the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) presented the courtroom’s annual report Monday to the UN Common Meeting. The address befell 25 years after the unique signing of the Rome Statute and outlined one of many courtroom’s “most energetic intervals since its institution.”
The ICC president, Choose Piotr Hofmański, summarised the evolution of the courtroom and the way it managed to show the “summary ideas of the Rome Statute right into a tangible actuality.” Nonetheless, he went on to say that challenges had been ever-present and that the courtroom had been topic to threats and assaults, together with the arrest warrants issued by Russia in opposition to six ICC Judges and the ICC Prosecutor and cyber security incidents. Choose Hofmański was determined in his assertion that the challenges wouldn’t cease them and that the courtroom’s “work for justice continues with the fullest dedication every single day.”
The President said that there are at the moment 16 energetic conditions earlier than the courtroom and highlighted a few of the key developments of the previous yr. These embrace the conviction of Dominic Ongwen and his subsequent 25-year sentence for 61 warfare crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity in Northern Uganda, committed between July 2002 and December 2005. Moreover, the courtroom issued two arrest warrants in regards to the alleged illegal deportations and the illegal switch of youngsters from the occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. He then outlined the three current trials on the ICC regarding occasions within the Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014 and the alleged crimes dedicated in Darfur, Sudan, in 2003 and 2004.
The President additionally reiterated that the ICC was a “complementary courtroom” and would solely step in if there was “no different possible avenue for justice.” He reminded the viewers that it was “a part of a world, interconnected system of justice and the rule of legislation.”