On the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls for the elimination of impunity for the most serious offences
Ljubljana, 17 July 2017 – Today is the 19th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has the power to prosecute perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to stress the importance of preventing atrocities, and calls for further efforts by the international community to eliminate the impunity of perpetrators and guarantee rights to victims of the worst crimes.
As an active member of the States Parties to the Rome Statute, Slovenia contributes to the promotion and strengthening of the Court's role. On this occasion, we would like to underline the importance of the independent and effective ICC and express strong support for it. Slovenia wishes to contribute to the Assembly's work and seek solutions to the Court's challenges, and has therefore announced a candidacy for a seat on the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties for the 2017–2020 period. Slovenia will continue to strive to implement the amendments to the Rome Statute adopted in Kampala (Uganda) in June 2010, and continue to reaffirm the obligation to cooperate fully with the ICC.
The Day of International Criminal Justice marks the establishment of the ICC, the first permanent international criminal court, which represented considerable progress in international law. The Court is the most significant mechanism for ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible in cases when states are unable or unwilling to do so. To date, almost 15,000 of victims have taken part in proceedings before the Court. More than 180,000 people have received the support of the ICC Trust Fund for Victims. The ICC contributes to ensuring jurisprudence in violations of international humanitarian law.
The ICC now has 124 members. The Court is currently investigating 24 cases in 10 situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur (Sudan), the Central African Republic I and II, Kenya, Libya, the Ivory Coast, Mali and Georgia. The ICC prosecutors are also conducting preliminary examinations on the situations in Afghanistan, Guinea, Gabon, Burundi, Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Ukraine and Palestine, and the case of the registered vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia. So far, the Court has pronounced four judgements of conviction and one judgement of acquittal; however, 14 warrants of arrest remain unexecuted.