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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the occasion of the visit of the President of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace to the Seat of the Court

Photo: 11 July 2018 – ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda and her team meet the President of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Mrs Patricia Linares and delegation, at the Court’s Headquarters © ICC-CPI
Photo: 11 July 2018 – ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda and her team meet the President of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Mrs Patricia Linares and delegation, at the Court’s Headquarters © ICC-CPI

Today, 11 July 2018, I was pleased to receive a high-level delegation from the Special Jurisdiction for Peace ("SJP") at the premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The delegation consisted of the President of the SJP, Mrs Patricia Linares; the President of the Appeals Chamber of the SJP, Mr Eduardo Cifuentes Muñoz, and the Magistrate of the Amnesty and Pardon Chamber of the SJP, Ms Lily Rueda Guzmán. The visiting delegation sought to engage with my Office to follow-up on exchanges held in Bogota, Colombia, in the context of a technical visit carried out by my Office in March 2018 and, more recently, during the visit of the Deputy Prosecutor in May 2018.

Today's meeting provided a further opportunity to deepen the dialogue between the SJP and my Office in the context of the ongoing preliminary examination concerning the situation in Colombia. The topics discussed addressed the status of the operations of the special jurisdiction as well as recent activities. The meeting was also valuable in that it enabled a timely exchange on developments relevant to the legal framework regulating the operations of the jurisdiction, including the recent approval of the Rules of Procedure of the SJP.

Today, I restated to the President of the SJP my continuous support for her efforts to ensure justice to the victims in accordance with the letter and spirit of the peace agreement, as well as the principles, values and requirements of the Rome Statute.

The manner the SJP will implement its mandate is intrinsically linked to the aim of achieving sustainable peace in Colombia. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the special jurisdiction continues to ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have been committed during the armed conflict do not go unpunished. We will continue to be a partner in that endeavour, guided by the exigencies of the Rome Statute.

The ICC's Office of the Prosecutor conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Since 2003, the Office has been conducting investigations in multiple situations within the ICC's jurisdiction, namely in Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic (two distinct situations); Kenya; Libya; Côte d'Ivoire; Mali; Georgia and Burundi. Pre-Trial Chamber II is seized of the Prosecutor's request for authorisation to commence an investigation into the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Office is also conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Colombia; the Gabonese Republic; Guinea; Iraq/UK; Palestine; The Philippines, Nigeria; Venezuela and Ukraine.

OTPNewsDesk@icc-cpi.int

Source : Office of the Prosecutor