Zambia takes part in the 20 years commemorations statute of Rome

Zambia takes part in the 20 years commemorations statute of Rome

On 17 July 1998, the Statute of the first permanent international criminal court was adopted in Rome by 120 states, with the aim of being able to bring the perpetrators of the most serious crimes to justice. France signed the so-called Rome Statute on the day it was adopted, after the country had played an important role in the negotiations.

On 16 and 17 July 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague celebrated that the founding text was approved 20 years ago.

Thirty states were represented at the highest level.

Among the attendees was the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to him, “a strong and efficient ICC shows that the international community is committed to the rule of law”.

Zambia was represented by Charge D’ Affaires at the Zambian Mission in Brussels, Mr Henry Ngilazi. He reassured the ICC of the country’s commitment in the fight against impunity.

Many international personalities also took part in the commemorations, including O-Gon Kwon (chairman of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute), Chile Eboe-Osuji, (judge and chairman of the ICC), Fatou Bensouda (prosecutor) of the ICC), Peter Lewis (ICC Registrar), Miguel de Serpa Soares (Deputy Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Council of the UN), Motoo Noguchi (President of the Trust Fund for Victims) and many other guests.

The ambassador of France in the Netherlands, Philippe Lalliot, was invited to lead the final panel discussion on the theme “Broadening the fight against impunity”.

The speakers came from the university world, Prof. dr. Gerhard Hafner, from civil society, Evelyn Ankumah, and from the diplomatic world, Mr. Sergio Ugalde, ambassador of Costa Rica in the Netherlands. During the discussions in this last panel, the “20 years later” balance was drawn up, but some areas that could be improved were also pointed out. Central to the debate: the place of the victims, the reinforcement of complementarity, the universal character and cooperation between the states.