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ICC commemorates 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute

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Babatunde Abiodun

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday commemorates 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute – the founding treaty that established the Court.

The event held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Open Forum will continued on Friday at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

More than 280 persons attended the opening forum, including protagonists of the Rome Statute’s adoption, ICC officials, representatives of states, regional and international organizations, and civil society.

Also graced the occasion were the President of the ICC, O-Gon Kwon, the Executive Director of African Legal Aid, Evelyn A. Ankumah, and others.

Presently, ICC Prosecutor is investigating 11 situations and analysing 10 preliminary examinations; 25 cases for 42 defendants have been opened; 9 convictions and 1 acquittal were pronounced; and  13,808 victims are participating in ICC proceedings.

The Trust Fund for Victims has also helped 455 thousand persons in rebuilding their lives.

The commemorations will take place throughout the year worldwide to culminate on 17 July 2018, the Day of International Criminal Justice, and the Rome Statute’s official anniversary.


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