Ban Ki-moon for European Voice
The International Criminal Court has become part of a global justice system feared by those who commit crimes against humanity.
Twelve years ago, world leaders gathered in Rome to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). Seldom since the founding of the United Nations itself has such a resounding blow been struck for peace, justice and human rights.
On Monday (31 May), nations come together once again, this time in Kampala, Uganda, for the first formal review of the Rome treaty. It is a chance, not only to take stock of our progress, but to build for the future. It is also an occasion to strengthen our collective determination that crimes against humanity cannot go unpunished – the better to deter them in the future.
As UN secretary-general, I have come to see how effective the ICC can be – and how far we have come. A decade ago, few would have believed that the court would now be fully operational, investigating and trying perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity across a broadening geography of countries.
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