ICC holds regional seminar on witness security management in Pretoria, South Africa
Regional Cooperation Seminar |
Pretoria | South Africa | African States
On 5-7 November 2019, the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court"), in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies, held a regional Seminar on the management of witness security in Pretoria, South Africa. The event brought together 19 focal points from the region, including from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In addition, a number of experts based in South Africa took part in the Seminar among which representatives from the Institute for Security Studies of South Africa, the Office for Witness Protection of South Africa and the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution of South Africa.
This Seminar is part of a series of regional workshops aimed at fostering cooperation and sharing of experience, expertise and good practices on witness management and security in the region, where the ICC is currently conducting various investigations.
The Court is grateful for the financial support of the European Commission for the event and the cooperation of the South African National Prosecution Authority who hosted the seminar.
The ICC’s High-Level Regional Cooperation Seminars aim to enhance cooperation with the Court by increasing understanding about the ICC’s cooperation regime amongst the invitees; promoting dialogue and efforts towards universality of the Rome Statute; and reinforcing high-level and technical-level contacts and partnerships amongst the Court and key interlocutors. Target audiences include Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, and senior officials in charge of operational issues related to the ICC and/or international judicial assistance in criminal matters.