Sunday, July 17, 2011

17th July - International Criminal Justice Day

17th July marks the world first ever International Criminal Justice Day. The day is a celebration of the landmark steps that the international community is taking to reach to common goal of global justice and an opportunity for those who support justice around the world to make their voices heard. The day also coincides with the thirteenth year of the passage of the Rome Statute which laid the basis of foundation of the International Criminal Court. Already the ICC has 116 state memebrs, which join hands to fight the menace of crimes in their countries around the globe.

Presently, Judge Sang-Hyun is the president of the International Criminal Courts. There are currently six active investigations into situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Kenya, and Libya. Criminal cases are currently being prosecuted for crimes occurring in Uganda, D.R.C., and C.A.R. The I.C.C. is set to complete its first trial against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo this year. It is changing the nature of international criminal law, and international law in general (pursuing prosecutions against sitting heads of state for example).

The international community is determined to fight against impunity, bring justice to victims and deter future atrocities. The success of the emerging system of international criminal justice, which aims to complement and reinforce national justice systems, depends on the vocal support of all those that believe in justice. Citizens around the world, students, teachers, professors, politicians, lawyers, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general, governments and international organizations are encouraged to make their voices heard.

For details read exclusive website of ICC

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