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International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties
Kampala, Uganda (31 May - 11 June 2010)
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The Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened in Kampala, Uganda. Opening remarks were delivered by the President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song. Statements were also made by the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
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Opening of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala
The Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be opened on Monday, 31 May, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala, Uganda. The Conference that will last until 11 June represents the first opportunity to consider amendments to the Rome Statute and to take stock of its implementation and impact since it entered into force in 2002. Around 2000 representatives of States, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations will participate.
The Conference will be opened by the President of the Assembly of the States Parties, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song. Statements will be also made by the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
During the Conference various issues will be considered. As part of proposed amendments of the Rome Statute, discussions will focus on the definition of the crime of aggression, amongst others.
Moreover, the Conference will include a stocktaking exercise during which the overall success and impact of the Rome Statute will be considered in relation to four topics: complementarity, cooperation, the impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities and peace and justice.
Besides a general debate of high-level representatives of States Parties to the Rome Statute, a series of panel discussions and a number of side events are scheduled. Civil society will hold numerous side-events at the “People’s Space” or Lake Side Garden, of the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.
Additionally, representatives of the 111 States Parties to the Rome Statute, as well as observers of other States, the United Nations, and civil society groups will have the opportunity to reaffirm their commitments to combat impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.
PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, and the President of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Judge Sang-Hyun Song, will hold a press conference on Monday, 31 May, 2010 at 13:00 hours at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Royal conference room.
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"Innovative Approaches to Outreach" Panel
Sponsored by Open Society Justice Initiative and UC Berkeley Human Rights Center
Moderated by David Tolbert, President of International Center for Transitional Justice
Tuesday, 1 June 2010, 6:30 - 9 p.m. followed by reception. Sheena Room
The panel presentation will be followed by an opportunity for discussion among the panelists and Q&A from the audience. Following the panel, there will be an informal discussion and demonstration with participation of Lewis Mudge from Interactive Radio for Justice, Matthew Robinson of Khmer Mekong Films, and representatives from No Peace Without Justice and Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Contact: Oriane Maillet,
Head of Communications, CICC
Tel 1: +31 (0) 646200670 (The Hague)
Tel 2: +256 78948613+ (Kampala: from 29 May)
27 May 2010
CICC PRESS BRIEFING AT ICC REVIEW CONFERENCE
NGOs to Brief the Media on Key Issues At State at Landmark Kampala Event
WHAT: The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) — a global network of civil society organizations in 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and independent ICC — will brief members of the media on pressing issues to be debated at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be held from 31 May to 11 June 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.
WHEN: 1 June 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Meera room. B building, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda
WHO: Panel participants will include:
WHY: Next week, ICC states parties, observer states, international organizations, NGOs, and other participants will discuss proposed amendments to the Rome Statute - the ICC’s founding treaty - and take stock of its impact to date, making the Review Conference a critical milestone in the evolution of the new system of international justice created twelve years ago.
The CICC sees the Kampala conference as an opportunity for world leaders and the global community to openly recommit to the Rome Statute’s historic initiative to end impunity for the gravest crimes.
First, this historic gathering will help identify areas in which the Court’s positive impact can be further strengthened. Debates will focus on the impact of the Rome Statute on victims and affected communities, complementarity, cooperation, and peace and justice, issues truly central to the system’s fair, effective, and independent functioning.
Another key issue at stake will be the crime of aggression. Although aggression is listed in the Rome treaty as one of the four grave crimes over which the ICC has jurisdiction, agreement must still be reached on its definition, conditions for the ICC to exercise its jurisdiction, and ways to modify the treaty.
Parallel to official panels, the Coalition and its global membership will also help create further dialogue on the Rome system and ensure that the voices of civil society are truly heard through a number of debates and roundtables.
Important notice: The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), an independent NGO movement, is dedicated to the establishment of the International Criminal Court as a fair, effective, and independent international organization and improved access to justice for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Coalition as a whole, and its secretariat, does not endorse or promote specific investigations or prosecutions or take a position on situations before the ICC. However, individual CICC members may endorse referrals, provide legal and other support on investigations, or develop partnerships with local and other organizations in the course of their efforts.
All photos above: Theary Seng
(Voice of Justice Column, by Theary Seng)
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