INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE DAY: On 17 July the world celebrates International Justice Day, in honor of the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the first and only permanent international court capable of trying perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. International Justice Day is a reminder of the urgency for all States committed to justice to ensure continued support for the Rome Statute’s international justice system. Thirteen years ago on this date, the Rome Statute was adopted by an overwhelming vote of 120 nations. Today, 116 nations have joined the Court and the number keeps growing. Coalition members are celebrating this day in solidarity with victims of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes through a number of worldwide events.
ABOUT THE COALITION: The Coalition for the International Criminal Court includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the International Criminal Court; ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. For more information, see: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/