18th Session- Assembly of States Parties
We are looking forward to the 18th Session of the Assembly of States Parties. While, unfortunately, IJP Staff is not able to attend this year, these meetings are crucial to the ongoing cooperation which the Court requires in order to function. The continued progress of the International Criminal Court is one of the most important projects of the 21st century, and with every assembly, we strive to make a little more progress towards our goal of a free and fair system of international justice.
The continued fight against impunity will undoubtedly be a central topic of the Assembly, especially in light of the investigations of the actions of the United States and the United Kingdom in Afghanistan.
We want to state our firm support for the stance of the European Union against the non-cooperation of states, which has been particularly frustrating to the work of the IJP against Omar al-Bashir.
Further, the topic of International Justice as it relates to the Syrian Civil War will be crucial to the upcoming debate. The position of the IJP at this time follows the position of Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, which is that an independent tribunal, like those in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, would be the best method for the pursuit of justice in the region, while still acting in accordance with the limitations of the Rome Statute and International Law.
Though we will not be physically present at the Assembly this year, we will be closely following the events there, and are in constant communication with our partners at the Court and in civil society. We will do our utmost to keep you informed of the important developments as they take place.