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Human Rights Watch Statement for the General Debate of the International Criminal Court’s Sixteenth Assembly of States Parties

Mr. President, Rome Statute at 20 This year’s Assembly session finds International Criminal Court (ICC) states parties on the eve of an important milestone: the twentieth anniversary in July 2018 of the adoption of the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute. In these 20 years, the court has grown from aspiration to reality. While the ICC continues to learn lessons from its early practice, it is increasingly positioned to act as the court of last resort that its founders envisioned. Its mandate is one that regrettably is as important as ever. This has been evident in the prosecutor’s requests…

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