FIDH paper on the International Criminal Court’s first years

Ten years after the adoption of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Statute in Rome (Rome Statute), and six years after its entry into force (July 1, 2002) and the establishment of a new institution, there is now an "operational"? permanent International Criminal Court. Although this young court has quickly taken on challenges and made great strides forward, it must still attain several goals and explore many avenues in order to truly put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes, and thus ensure the prevention of new crimes.

FIDH took an active role in the establishment of the ICC. It has worked toward the Statute’s ratification and its implementation by the greatest number of States. It monitors the proceedings currently in front of the Court and actively contributes to the dialogue between civil society and the ICC.

FIDH launches a revised edition of its paper on the first years of the International Criminal Court (first version published in March 2009).

Table of contents

* A rapidly negotiated and implemented statute

* Establishment of the ICC

* The ICC’s investigations
- Uganda
- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Darfur, Sudan
- Central African Republic (CAR)

* The ICC, a court for Africa?

* Situations "under preliminary analysis"?

* Major challenges for the ICC
- Intervening in conflict situations and in peace processes
- Rendering victims’ rights effective
- Reaching out to the communities affected by crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction
- Obtaining States’ and international organisations’ cooperation
- Ensuring ratification from a greater number of States

* Selection of FIDH reports on the ICC

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