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20th Anniversary of the ICC’s Rome Statute

To commemorate this special occasion, the ICC has released a video explaining the work of the court. 

As part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations, Ireland welcomed ICC Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa to the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) on 18th June to deliver a public lecture entitled ‘Africa and the International Criminal Court: Challenges and Prospects’ at the University’s 2018 ICC Summer School.

Reaching this milestone also means taking account of the effect the ICC has had on the victims of the crimes it prosecutes. The ICC’s digital exhibit entitled “Trauma, Healing and Hope” shows the real life stories of victims in the aftermath of mass crimes and the ICC’s work to help. The exhibit shows victims “living in insecurity, dealing with loss, and [the] steps taken towards healing and hope, including justice and reconciliation.”

Ireland strongly supports the increased participation of victims / survivors at the ICC. Their voices must be heard in all situations and show the world that a #MoreJustWorld with justice for victims is not only possible, it is achievable, lending strength to the Rome Statute’s commitment to guarantee the enforcement of international justice for all. Ireland is a staunch supporter of the Trust Fund for Victims. Earlier this year, Ambassador Kelly led a delegation of Ambassadors and representatives on a visit to Northern Uganda to see first-hand the work of the Trust Fund and its positive impact on the lives of victims and survivors. Read the report from the mission here 

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