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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr Karim A. A. Khan QC, commences official visits to Colombia and Venezuela


From Monday, 25 October to 3 November 2021, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court"), Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC, will undertake a 10-day mission to Latin America, which will include official visits to the Republic of Colombia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The mission to the region builds upon the productive meetings the Prosecutor has already held, both in-person and virtually, with multiple stakeholders in relation to both situations.

During the official visits, Prosecutor Khan and his delegation will hold meetings with different stakeholders including high-level meetings with the authorities, the judiciary, representatives of the diplomatic corps as well as civil society and non-governmental organisations.

These visits reflect Prosecutor Khan's commitment to increase direct engagement with the region, and to explore avenues for cooperation in line with the principle of complementarity.

"I am convinced that further engagement and cooperation with States Parties will enhance the functioning of the Rome Statute regime, in line with the principle of complementarity. Communication is essential to explain the mandate of the Office of the Prosecutor and of the ICC and to build trust with relevant stakeholders. I look forward to listening and learning on this, my first trip as ICC Prosecutor to the region," stated the Prosecutor.

Due to significant interest relating to this mission to Colombia and Venezuela, the Office will be making further announcements and providing additional information to the public during the course of the Prosecutor's mission to the region. Media queries can be directed to: [email protected].

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. 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, Burundi; Bangladesh/Myanmar, Afghanistan (pending judicial authorization to resume investigation following initial article 18 deferral request) Palestine and the Philippines. The Office is also currently conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Bolivia; Colombia; Guinea; Venezuela I and Venezuela II; and has completed its preliminary examinations of the situations in Ukraine and Nigeria, which are pending requests to seek authorisation to proceed to investigation.

Source : Office of the Prosecutor