17 July – International Criminal Justice Day: ICC launches commemorations on 6 July 2012
Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2012
On Friday, 6 July 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) are holding an event and symbolic flag-raising ceremony, calling other parties to commemorate 17 July, International Criminal Justice Day.
Events marking 17 July are aimed at raising awareness and generating support for global justice and the fight against impunity. The ICC invites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world to participate in these events.
The event on 6 July will begin with speeches by Ambassador of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr Jean-Marc Hoscheit, representing the States parties to the Rome Statute, and the ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, followed by a video presentation. Participants will then proceed outside for a symbolic flag-raising ceremony, during which an International Criminal Justice Day banner will be raised. Banners will thereafter be displayed throughout the city of The Hague in the days leading up to 17 July, in a call for joint action in support of international justice.
17 July is the Day of International Criminal Justice. The date of 17 July was adopted by the Assembly of the States Parties during the Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala (Uganda) last year in June and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC.
The day commemorates the landmark steps that the international community is taking to reach to common goal of global justice, and an opportunity for those who support justice around the world to make their voices heard. We hope you will join us in commemorating this day.