Launch at ICC of Civil Society Forum to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute
On February 15, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-CPI.int ) hosted the launch of the Coalition for the ICC’s commemoration (www.CoalitionForTheICC.org ) of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute (https://goo.gl/TkmP61 ) – the Court’s founding treaty – with an Open Forum at the Court’s seat in The Hague, The Netherlands. More than 280 persons attended the event, including protagonists of the Rome Statute’s adoption, ICC officials, representatives of states, regional and international organizations, and civil society. “It is a great pleasure for me to receive at the ICC so many of those very same people who worked so hard to make this Court possible”, said the President of the ICC, Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, calling the adoption of the Rome Statute “one of the biggest achievements of recent decades to advance the rule of law, a “revolution” according to some”.
This event recognizes the role of the variety of stakeholders involved in the adoption of the Rome Statute – states, regional and international organizations, and civil society, and aims to spur a global dialog on advancing justice for atrocities”, said the Convenor of the Coalition for the ICC, William R. Pace. “We call on all actors in the international system, organizations and individuals to organize 20th anniversary events throughout 2018 to raise awareness of this historic treaty and organization, and commit to taking strides towards universal ratification and cooperation with ICC decisions, such as arresting wanted persons. Let us eliminate war and impunity for mass violence and repression”. (j.p.c.)