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Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court visits Ireland

Human rights, International Law, Press Releases, Ireland, 2013
ICC prosecutor swearing in ceremony june 2012

Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court visits Ireland

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, is visiting Ireland to meet key lawmakers and discuss how Ireland can assist the Court’s work to promote human rights and the rule-of-law internationally.

Mrs Bensouda, who is in Ireland at the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will also deliver a lecture this evening entitled:  “The International Criminal Court – current challenges and future prospects”.

During her visit she will meet Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, the Attorney General Máire Whelan, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ireland has been a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court since its inception, recognising its critical role in ensuring respect for international criminal law at the highest levels. Ireland supports the widest possible ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute which founded the Court. To date, 122 states have become parties to the Statute, which sets the Court’s mandate to deal with international crimes which include  genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Ireland’s annual contribution to the Court is approximately €800,000. In addition, Ireland has provided financial support for the Court’s work in supporting victims and communities affected by mass atrocities though annual contributions to the Court’s Trust Fund for Victims.

 

ENDS

Press Office

16 December 2013

 

Note for editors

Mrs Bensouda will deliver a lecture at the Royal Irish Academy, entitled “The International Criminal Court – current challenges and future prospects” which is being co-hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and University College, Cork. The lecture will be chaired by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham. Further details can be found here: www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/eventsandnews/

The International Criminal Court, which is based in The Hague, was established by the Rome Statute which entered into force in 2002. It is the first permanent, treaty-based international criminal court in order to help provide justice and accountability in relation to the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

For further information on the ICC, please visit www.icc-cpi.int

 

Listen to the Chief Prosecutor’s interview on RTE Radio One