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July 17 – Day of International Criminal Justice


July 17 is the day which the States Parties to the Rome Statute have designated as the Day of International Criminal Justice. The Czech Republic remains committed to supporting the international criminal justice and to promoting global peace. In this regard, the Czech Republic wishes to express its support especially to the rights of victims and the prevention of crimes which threaten the rule of law in the world.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been adopted on 17 July 1998. Four years later, the International Criminal Court, started to investigate and prosecute individuals for the most serious crimes under international law, i.e. war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and in future also the crime of aggression, if states are unable or unwilling to conduct their own prosecutions (principle of complementarity).

The Czech Republic and the ICC

The Czech Republic and the ICC

The Rome Statute of the ICC has currently 124 State Parties. The Czech Republic became the 110th State Party to the Rome Statute on 1 October 2009. The Czech Republic also acceded to the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the ICC, which entered into force for the Czech Republic on 3 June 2011. In 2015, the Czech Republic has completed the ratification process of the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute.

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively supports engagement of the Czech judges in the international criminal tribunals. Ms. Ivana Hrdličková has been re-elected in 2016 as the president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, where she has acted as judge since 2013. Mr. Robert Fremr served as ad-litem judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and since 2012 he has been judge at the International Criminal Court. The Czech Republic also regularly supports the Trust Fund for Victims.

ICC Permanent Premises

ICC Permanent Premises