Erklæring angående tiårsjubileet for Roma-vedtaket ved Den Internasjonale straffedomstolen

Den 5. juli sluttet Norge seg til en erklæring fra EU angående tiårsjubileet for Roma-vedtaket ved Den Internasjonale straffedomstolen.

Den 5. juli sluttet Norge seg til en erklæring fra EU angående tiårsjubileet for Roma-vedtaket ved Den Internasjonale straffedomstolen.

EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 1 July 2012

Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton,on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Today we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Rome Statute constitutes a promise to victims of the worst atrocities around the world: that they will be assured justice and that accountability will help communities emerge from violence towards peace, from lawlessness towards respect for the rule of law.

Since its foundation, the International Criminal Court has established itself as the principal forum for international criminal justice. Fifteen cases have been brought before the Court, of which six are currently at the trial stage. Earlier this year, the Court issued its first verdict. The number of States Parties to the Rome Statute has continued to increase rapidly over the past decade to 121 States Parties today.

The European Union is encouraging the widest possible participation in the Rome Statute as universal accession is essential to ensure the full effectiveness of the Court. Determined to put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators of the worst crimes, the European Union is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the Rome Statute, to supporting the independence of the Court and its effective and efficient functioning as well as to championing cooperation with the Court. The European Union is also committed to fully implementing the principle of complementarity enshrined in the Rome Statute by facilitating the effective and efficient interplay between national justice systems and the International Criminal Court in the fight against impunity.

The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

+ Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area