Summary Day Four 

Assembly of States Parties 2018

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, calls for justice still ring loudly

8 December 2018

The 17th session of the ASP continued on Saturday 8 December with informal consultations on the so-called “omnibus resolution” – formally entitled, “Strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties.” The omnibus resolution addresses a wide range of substantive, practical, and policy issues in relation to the Court, the ASP, and other stakeholders.

After a day’s break on Sunday 9 December – which will mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – the 17th session will resume on Monday 10 December – which will be the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Day Four Side Events

Side events on Saturday included a discussion of the “Prosecution of War Crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan: the ISIS case and the Saddam Hussein Case,” organized by the Kurdish national coalition for the ICC, and one on “10 years After the War: Victims of the Georgia Situation,” co-hosted by Georgia, the Netherlands, and Justice International.

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and Costa Rica convened a side event on, “El rol de América Latina y el Caribe ante la Corte Penal Internacional: contribución y compromisos a los 20 años de la adopción del Estatuto".

“From Impunity to Accountability? A New Transitional Justice Policy for Mexico" was the topic of an event co-hosted by Centro Diocesano de Derechos Humanos “Fray Juan de Larios”, Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, Familias Unidas en la Búsqueda y Localización de Personas Desaparecidas - Piedras Negras/Coahuila, Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, I(dh)eas - Litigio Estratégico en Derechos Humanos, Instituto Mexicano de Derechos Humanos y Democracia, and Open Society Justice Initiative.

A side event co-hosted by the United-Kingdom, and Journalists for Justice expanded on an exhibition at the ASP on “Commemorating 20 years of the ICC in Africa through cartoons.”

The Kenya Human Rights Commission and Kenyatta University explored the topic of “20 years since the Rome Statute of the ICC – The Status of International Rule of Law and Access to International Justice in Africa,“ while the Institute for Environmental Security addressed the question of “The 2016 ICC OTP Policy Paper: What it means to environmentalists worldwide.”

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