EU Reaffirms Support to ICC
The European Union and its Member States reaffirmed Sunday their full support to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to the strengthening of an international criminal justice system committed to deter the commission of crimes, to fight impunity and to ensure the protection of the victims’ rights.
This was expressed in a Declaration released by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the 28 EU member states to mark the date of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC n 1998, which falls on 17 July. This day s dedicated to celebrating the developments and achievements of international criminal justice institutions. She noted that since 2000, the EU has committed 37 million euro (USD 42 mn) in direct support of ICC.
The EU has been also supporting transitional justice initiatives and international justice mechanisms related to specific countries. In the case of Syria, the EU has recently allocated funding amounting to 1,5 million euro (USD 1.7 mn) to the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist n the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serous Crimes under International Law Committed in Syria, sad the statement. It called on the international community to support to the Mechanism, including through adequate financial means, to ensure that it would be able to start work as soon as possible and fulfil its mandate. The EU will continue to fully support multilateral global governance, based on international law, human rights and strong international institutions, it added