The Registrar of the International Criminal Court
(ICC), Mr Herman von Hebel, has received the independent external review’s
panel report which he commissioned in June 2013 following the allegations of
sexual assault of four individuals under the ICC’s protection programme by a
former ICC staff member working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In announcing this independent review,
following the completion of an initial ICC internal inquiry, the Registrar
reiterated his determination to address the serious allegations concerned with
great rigor and transparency.
The four-member panel of independent specialists was chaired by Ms Brenda
Hollis. Their report has also been transmitted to the President of the Assembly
of States Parties to the Rome Statute, H.E. Tiina Intelmann, and to relevant
ICC Judges and parties to the proceedings concerned.
The review panel confirmed the results of the ICC’s
initial internal inquiry, and concluded that one person alone, the alleged
perpetrator, would bear criminal responsibility for the alleged crimes if
proven. The ICC is providing all the necessary assistance to the relevant DRC
authorities in the on-going investigations of these allegations. The report
further concluded that other staff members of the Court have likely engaged in
“inappropriate conduct.” Disciplinary measures, including dismissal, have
already been taken in respect of certain staff involved. The Registrar is in
the process of analysing the content of the full report in order to assess
whether further disciplinary action is required.
The review panel also identified operational and
organizational shortcomings, including failures to carry out supervisory,
oversight and management duties. Since joining the Court on 18 April 2013, the
Registrar has made the reorganisation of management within the protection
programme a priority by implementing structural and operational changes in
order to strengthen its oversight mechanisms and operational capacities. In the
context of his overall plans to reorganise the Registry, Mr von Hebel will take
into consideration the findings and the recommendations of the independent
external review panel.
The Court continues to provide all necessary and
adequate protective measures in an impartial and most professional manner to
all witnesses testifying in the context of the cases brought before the Judges.
Ensuring the safety and security of victims and witnesses is one of the most
important duties and priorities of the Court and a cornerstone of fair trials.
The Registry, while providing continuous support to persons under its
protection to preserve their well-being, is also taking all appropriate actions
to ensure accountability and fairness.
Intelmann welcomed the submission of the report which identifies the personal
and institutional responsibilities and short-comings, as well as the
Registrar’s commitment to address the matters raised in the report. She
stressed the expectation of States Parties to receive information about the
follow-up to the report as soon as feasible and highlighted the importance of
the Court’s continued commitment to the protection of witnesses.
review team Report
20/06/2013 - ICC
commissions an independent external review of the allegations of sexual assault
12/04/2013 - ICC internally inquires on allegations of sexual abuse
by former ICC staff member
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