Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss work of International Criminal Court with Chief Prosecutor

December 16th, 2013 - Pat Breen

16 December 2013

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets tomorrow with Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), to discuss the work of the court.
The ICC opened its doors in July 2002 to try those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “The International Criminal Court was established with the purpose of ensuring that the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole do not go unpunished. Ireland is a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court and was among the first fifty states to sign the Rome Statute, which governs the running of the Court.

“Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is in Ireland to meet with a number of Ministers and officials to discuss current issues at the ICC. The Court is a relatively young international institution which requires political and diplomatic support to ensure its effective functioning. Following an outline of the work of her Office, Committee Members will have an opportunity to consider the achievements of the ICC in its 11-year history and the current challenges it faces.

“Discussion is expected to focus on the proposed broadening of the court’s remit to include crimes of aggression, with supporters of the Court pushing for the entering into force of the so-called Kampala amendments by 2017. The practicalities of witness protection may also be raised, with Ireland currently negotiating a Witness Re-Location Agreement with the Court.”

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 1 in LH 2000 at 10:30 am tomorrow Tuesday 17 December. It can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/