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

Expand The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.  © 2016 UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Mr. President, Coming at the end of the Rome Statute’s twentieth anniversary year, this Assembly session is occurring in difficult circumstances. In Rome, the international community, in response to genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica, created a court that could reach, wherever horrific crimes occurred, those from the most powerful countries as well as less powerful states. The 20 years since have demonstrated both the necessity and the fragility of what was achieved.…

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