European NGOs call for stronger support for the International Criminal Court (ICC)
A group of European human rights organizations, including the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, are calling for stronger support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the region.
European states and the European Union (EU), among other actors, must ensure full support and cooperation to the ICC, to enable it to fulfill its mandate to deliver justice to the victims of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and to prevent the future commission of such crimes. Still 13 states in Europe and the former Soviet Union have not ratified the Court’s Statute, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Holy See, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Monaco, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. An ICC review conference is scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda 31 May-10 June 2010, to consider amendments to the Rome Statute and to take stock of its implementation and impact.