Civil Society Issues Recommendations to Strengthen International Criminal Court (ICC)

By N24 Correspondent, THE HAGUE:- Despite the problems and challenges that led to the current Review of the International Criminal Court (ICC), many civil society representatives continue to express strong support for a just, fair and effective ICC, said the World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy (WFM/IGP), launching its new report Review of the International Criminal Court: Views and Recommendations from Civil Society.

According to a WFM/IGP statement, the report documents the views and recommendations of 90 representatives of civil society organizations covering 43 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa regarding current initiatives to strengthen the performance of the ICC. It also includes their initial reactions to the recent report by the ICC Independent Expert Review recommending significant reforms to the Court.

“Many civil society representatives whom we consulted support the ICC but also recognize that urgent reforms are required to ensure that the Court makes an effective contribution to justice in their regions and around the world.”

The report sets out their assessments of the ICC’s preliminary examinations, investigations, cases, outreach, victim participation, reparations and the Trust Fund for Victims as well as their recommendations on where reforms are required to strengthen the Court’s performance.

Many of the recommendations of the civil society representatives are in line with the recent recommendations of the Independent Experts. However, they also expressed concern that the experts did not propose an increase in the Court’s resources and that some of the experts’ recommendations instead sought to limit and delay investigations and reduce the scope of ICC cases.

“The views and recommendations set out in the report are a call from civil society representatives around the world, many of whom are on the front line in the fight against impunity, for the ICC to improve its performance and for States Parties to provide the Court with the support it needs to advance that goal,” said Manivannan.

WFM/IGP urges the ICC and States Parties to the Rome Statute to fully consider civil society’s views and recommendations in this report and their other submissions in deciding which reforms to take forward. WFM/IGP further calls on the ICC and States Parties to keep civil society fully informed and involved in the process of adopting and implementing key reforms, added the statement.

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