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Afghanistan situation: How victims and their representatives can submit their views to ICC Judges

On 20 November 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC"), Fatou Bensouda, requested authorisation from Pre-Trial Chamber III to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the armed conflict in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as regarding similar crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan and are sufficiently linked to the Situation and were committed on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute since 1 July 2002 ("Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan"). The Prosecutor issued a Public Notice on the same date.  

As per the ICC's legal framework, the victims of the alleged crimes committed in the Situation in Afghanistan have the right to submit "representations", i.e. to provide their views, concerns and expectations, to the ICC Judges that are considering the Prosecutor's request. To help facilitate this process, the Victims Participation and Reparations Section ("VPRS") of the ICC Registry has prepared a template PDF representation form which is available for download below in English, Pashto and Dari.  

Alternatively, an online version of the form is also available below in the same three languages, to be filled in and sent online.  

The deadline for submitting victim representations to the ICC is 31 January 2018. Please note that the process of submitting representations is voluntary and free of charge. 

When filling in the victim representation form: 

  • Please carefully read the instructions available for download below before you fill in the representation form. This is essential to ensure that the form is complete and can be processed. 
  • To the extent possible, please fill in the victim representation form in English, and please be as precise and concise as possible
  • For each victim/group of victims, please select one single form version, either online or PDF, depending on your internet connection/computer capacity and security concerns, to make your representation. 
  • Filled-out representation forms that have not been filled out online should be sent to the VPRS to the postal address below: 

International Criminal Court
Victims Participation and Reparations Section
Situation in Afghanistan
PO Box 19519
2500CM, The Hague
The Netherlands 

  • Victims may also send their representations, preferably using the forms below, to the following email address: [email protected]  
  • No additional documents are required in order for the representation to be considered complete. Should you wish to provide additional documents connected to a specific representation form, please contact the VPRS at the above email address ([email protected]). 

Please note that this is not an application process for participation in court proceedings or for obtaining reparations before the ICC. The process initiated by the Prosecutor's Public Notice is limited to the submission of victims' views, concerns and expectations on the Prosecutor's request to open an investigation. Representations made under Article 15 of the Rome Statute do not grant victims participatory status in potential future judicial proceedings. Victims interested in applying to participate in judicial proceedings before the ICC or for reparations in this situation, should such proceedings arise in the future, will have to fill in a separate application form for participation in those proceedings and/or for reparations. They will also have to provide specific information and supporting documentation about what happened to them personally.  

This is not the time to submit applications for victim participation or reparations in relation to the Situation in Afghanistan.  

Please contact the VPRS at [email protected] for any questions in regards to filling in the representation form and any related issue.

Source : Victims Participation and Reparations Section