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Ntaganda case: Trial to commence in July 2015


Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda

Today, 22 April 2015, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an oral ruling, during a status conference, rescheduling the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda to the second or the third week of July 2015. A specific date will be announced in due course for the trial's commencement date, which was initially scheduled for 2 June 2015.

ICC President meets United Nations Secretary-General in New York


On 8 April 2015, the newly elected President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, met with Mr Ban Ki-moon, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, at the UN headquarters in New York (USA), during her first visit to the UN in her new capacity. The ICC President expressed her appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for the UN's continued support for the Court's mission and activities, and reaffirmed the Court's commitment to further strengthening relations with the UN.

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the alleged crimes committed by ISIS


Since the summer of 2014, my Office has been receiving and reviewing disturbing allegations of widespread atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Greater Syria ("ISIS" aka "ISIL", "Daesh" or "IS"). Crimes of unspeakable cruelty have been reported, such as mass executions, sexual slavery, rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, torture, mutilation, enlistment and forced recruitment of children and the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, not to mention the wanton destruction of cultural property.  The commission of the crime of genocide has also been alleged. In response to numerous inquiries about my Office's activities in relation to these allegations, I have decided to provide the following clarification.

ICC welcomes Palestine as a new State Party


The International Criminal Court (ICC) held a ceremony on 1 April 2015 at the seat of the Court in The Hague (the Netherlands) to welcome the State of Palestine as the 123rd State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty.

TFV commits to draft reparations plan for victims in Lubanga case


The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is firmly dedicated to ensure that the right of victims to reparations under the Rome Statute becomes a meaningful reality. More than eleven years have elapsed since the sufferings of victims in the Lubanga case. The time has come to deliver on their rightful expectations.


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