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ICC holds High-level Regional Conference on Cooperation and Complementarity in Senegal

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From 23 to 25 Might 2022, the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC or the Courtroom) (www.ICC-cpi.int), in shut cooperation with the authorities of the Republic of Senegal, held a regional convention in Dakar, Senegal. The convention gathered greater than 190 contributors who mentioned the strengthening of the worldwide prison justice system and the combat in opposition to impunity by way of cooperation between the Courtroom and States. Discussions emphasised the significance of collective efforts to make sure the efficient implementation of the precept of complementarity, with a selected deal with States from the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS).

Convention contributors included Ministers of Justice and different senior officers of 15  ECOWAS Member States, Republic of Chad and Central African Republic, and excessive Senegalese officers, Representatives of the diplomatic corps, the Senegalese Bar, Academia, Civil Society and Journalists. Particularly, the Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals of Senegal, H.E. Malick Sall, the President of the Meeting of States Events (ASP) Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the ICC President Choose Piotr Hofmański, the ICC Deputy Prosecutor Mame Mandiaye Niang, the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Administrators of the Belief Fund for Victims Ibrahim Sorie Yillah, and the President of the Worldwide Prison Courtroom Bar Affiliation Jennifer Naouri took half within the occasion.

Throughout the opening of the convention, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals of Senegal H.E. Malick Sall declared: “The Courtroom derives its legitimacy, in truth, from the boldness positioned in it by the States Events, from the mandate which they’ve conferred upon it and from the assist which they want to present to it, for the processing, by it, of any details topic to its jurisdiction. … The effectiveness or the success of the Courtroom will depend on the respect by the latter, simply as by the States events, of the statutory provisions which govern their relations, but additionally and above the entire will of every of our international locations to play their half within the supply of prison justice on the nationwide stage. All in all, the ICC can’t act with out the cooperation of States, which have the monopoly of the police, and with out which the identification and look of the accused, in addition to of victims and witnesses, could be unlikely.”

Addressing the opening session of the convention, ASP President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi expressed the gratitude of the Courtroom to the Republic of Senegal for its hospitality and for accepting to host the convention. She acknowledged: “We observe a rising curiosity in justice and the proliferation of a variety of mechanisms and initiatives to realize it. We’re thus witnessing the emergence of a world system of justice, by which courts performing at totally different ranges have a task to play, typically a central function, typically a complementary or supporting function. The ICC has confirmed that it may well play all of those roles successfully.”

ICC President Choose Piotr Hofmański stated: “Whatever the continent and whatever the nationality of the victims or the perpetrators, the ICC’s mandate and objective stays the identical: to combat in opposition to impunity for essentially the most severe atrocity crimes. We try for accountability. We try to offer justice to victims. And we attempt to forestall future crimes. However the ICC can’t do any of this alone. That’s the reason this convention is so essential. It is a chance to attract greatest practices and lessons-learned, and to debate what we are able to do to boost the cooperation in our joint quest for justice.”

ICC Deputy Prosecutor Mame Mandiaye Niang thanked Senegal for internet hosting the Convention and acknowledged: “Partaking in a frank dialogue with Africa is on the coronary heart of Prosecutor Khan’s imaginative and prescient, so as to strengthen cooperation with African States throughout the framework of dynamic complementarity and efficient cooperation. The Rome Statute is a court docket of final resort and nationwide courts will need to have primacy. If sub-regional or regional judicial our bodies can play an element, this feature ought to be inspired. In brief, sure to complementarity however sure, above all, to constructive complementarity; one the place the ICC contributes to constructing the capacities of nationwide authorities and is in fixed communication with them to scale back as a lot as potential the impunity hole.”

Representing ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, Nouhoum Sangaré, Chief of ICC Workplaces in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, highlighted the significance for the Courtroom to safe cooperation agreements, together with on relocation of witnesses, enforcement of sentences, and on asset restoration that are areas the place cooperation and complementarity ought to be additional enhanced.

Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Administrators of the Belief Fund for Victims Ibrahim Sorie Yillah stated: “The creation of the Belief Fund for Victims within the Rome Statute is an unprecedented message of the worldwide neighborhood’s ambition to redress the hurt suffered by victims of armed battle. Cooperation and complementarity are wanted to offer justice for victims. The implementation of reparations for crimes throughout the ICC’s jurisdiction remains to be new. Africa additionally must take monetary engagement for reparation programmes to victims on the continent. Allow us to collectively make them a significant actuality for victims”.

The Courtroom renews its gratitude to the Republic of Senegal, the European Fee, and the Republic of France for his or her beneficiant monetary contribution and assist to this convention. Senegal was the primary nation on the planet to ratify the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, and has additionally later performed a major function in advancing worldwide prison justice, inter alia by internet hosting the Extraordinary African Chambers in 2017. Presently, Senegal is co-facilitator on cooperation within the Meeting of States Events to the Rome Statute, along with France.

This occasion types a part of efforts to additional advance cooperation and complementarity between States, the Courtroom and its companions. Expertise from related occasions that befell in different areas of Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific has demonstrated that ICC regional seminars are key discussion board to boost international assist for the Courtroom and worldwide prison justice extra broadly. In addition they create an area of dialogue aiming at selling and strengthening cooperation, and to advance the combat in opposition to impunity for Rome Statute crimes, and different severe and associated crimes.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC).

For additional info, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, Worldwide Prison Courtroom, by phone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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