Today, the ICJ launched a campaign for the establishment of a permanent International Penal Court to prosecute those responsible for gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law.
While welcoming the creation of the UN ad hoc Tribunal concerning the former Yugoslavia, the ICJ said that this ad hoc approach does not address the global need to bring all perpetrators of gross violations of human rights to justice.
“The massacres in Cambodia, wilful killings in Liberia, disappearances in Latin America, and torture and deportations of Palestinians, cannot go unpunished. Now, more than any other time in the past, the international community is ready to take practical steps towards the creation of a permanent International Penal Court,” said Adama Dieng, the ICJ Secretary General.
In its Position Paper released today, The Establishment of a Permanent International Penal Court, the ICJ addresses the question of why a permanent Court is needed and provides a blueprint for such a Court. The ICJ concludes with concrete recommendations.NewsPress releases