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Building a more just world

The ICC is determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression.

Here’s our story…

This exhibit

Welcome to the exhibit Building a More Just World. The exhibit reflects on how justice matters to individuals and communities affected by crimes, and to the world as we strive together to achieve lasting peace. This exhibit also shows the Courtroom itself as well as some of the daily activities, or practical matters of justice, required to make justice happen.

The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the ICC and the crimes under its jurisdiction, and to ignite in viewers compassion for survivors of the world most atrocious crimes and a passion for international justice.

Together, we can strive to prevent these crimes. Together, we can build a more just world.

See this exhibit on tour or display this exhibit in your home country. To learn more, visit our website at www.icc-cpi.int

Our goals

The International Criminal Court tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community:
-- War crimes
-- Genocide
-- Crimes against humanity
-- Crimes of aggression

First judges of the ICC, 2003.

Through international criminal justice, the Court is determined to end impunity, thus helping to prevent such atrocities from happening again.

The Court works in the field to ensure communities affected by crimes are part of the judicial process.

People from affected communities in CAR attending ICC Outreach sessions to learn about the Court, 2008.

The Court is supported by countries that have ratified or acceded to its founding treaty, the Rome Statute.

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, founding treaty of the Court, is the management oversight and legislative body of the International Criminal Court. These States are also working to harmonise their laws with the Rome Statute. Photo: UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Where we work
Based in the Hague

Where we work

Our history
Rome Statue

Signing the Rome Statute, 17 July 1998.

Key Moments

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individuals. Victims deserve justice. Survivors deserve a voice in the justice process.

Justice Matters

The most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished…

“This cause... is the cause of all humanity”.
– Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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Individuals

A Georgian villager protests the bomb attacks on his home, which ripped into his house and left him homeless. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

A young girl who was burned inside her home when her village was attacked and pillaged during the conflict in northern Uganda. Many civilians injured in the conflict have gone without treatment for years. Photo: Whitney Curtis

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Individuals

Former child soldier: Mario, 13, shows drawings from his fellow students and tells how they were abducted and used as child soldiers in the DRC. Photo: AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo

“There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today. It is estimated that 40% of all child soldiers are girls. They are often used as 'wives' (i.e., sex slaves) of the male combatants”. – War Child UK

Former child soldier: Margaret, 15, tells how she was abducted and used as a child soldier in Northern Uganda in 2003. She is now undergoing rehabilitation. Photo: UNICEF/04-1159/Roger Lemoyne

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Individuals

Woman in Georgia surveys the damage to property after a conflict. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

A homeless resident of bombed apartments in Georgia. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

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Individuals

Savilla, 14, tells how she was taken in June 2009 from Baloko in the context of the conflict in northern Uganda. She was beaten and raped. She was released when she was injured and could not walk. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale/VII

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Individuals

Konsi was mutilated in the context of the conflict in northern Uganda. She was thereafter abandoned by her husband to raise their three children alone, and stigmatized by her community. The Trust Fund for Victims supported her surgery for her nose, forehead, and upper lip. Following surgery, she explained: “I want to go to church to show them that the God I believe in is bigger than them”. The Trust Fund for Victims was established by the Rome Statute. Separate from the Court, but in response to the Court’s decisions, the Trust Fund for Victims offers reparations and assistance to victims of crimes under the Court’s jurisdiction. Photo: Brett Morton/AVSI

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Individuals

A displaced woman after arriving in Gori, Georgia. She had been hiding in a basement for one week. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

Hundreds of victims in Ituri, the DRC, are seeking assistance to get prosthetic limbs in order to help them return to work. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

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Communities

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Communities

Outreach officers engaging with Darfuri women in an IDP camp in eastern Chad. The faces in this photo have been blurred for the protection of those in this community.

A woman living in Kassab Camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Kutum, North Darfur, 2012. Photo: ICC-CPI

UN agencies estimate that between 100,000 and 250,000 women were raped in Rwanda during the three months of genocide in 1994, more than 60,000 women were raped during the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002), more than 40,000 in Liberia (1989-2003), up to 60,000 in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995), and at least 200,000 in the DRC during the past 12 years of war.

The Court’s Outreach officers engage with groups of women, to specifically address their concerns and hear their stories in an environment that will respect the sensitive nature of their experiences. Photo: ICC-CPI

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Communities

People flee heavy fighting near Bunia, DRC, in 2004. Photo: UN Photo/A Burridge

Aerial view of IDP camps in the DRC, 2008. Photo: UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Mother and child in an IDP camp near Naivasha, Kenya, 2012. Photo: ICC-CPI

Aleko, age 7, who was displaced by fighting, is playing in the airport camp in Gori, Georgia. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

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Communities

Civilians and military mingle at a concert for peace help in Tskhinvali, Georgia, after the fighting. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

Student attending a peaceschool in Ituri, the DRC. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

Women at an ICC Outreach session in Bunia, the DRC. Photo: ICC-CPI

Former child soldiers in North Kivu board a helicopter flight arranged by the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) for repatriation to undisclosed regions or areas of the country, 2009. Photo: UN Photo/Marie Frechon

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Communities

Situation in Darfur, Sudan: Local community members gathering for an Outreach session in the camp of Treguine, eastern Chad. The faces in this photo have been blurred for the protection of those in this community. Photo: ICC-CPI

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Communities

Photos of the family of victims killed in a bombing in Gori, Georgia, left on the bed during packing to evacuate. Three members of the family were killed in the attack. Photo: Marcus Bleasdale

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Communities

Outreach session in Uganda Photo: ICC-CPI

Members of communities affected by crimes under the Court’s jurisdiction attend Court Outreach sessions to get updates and pose their questions to the Court. The Court's Outreach Unit works in close association with NGOs and other partners to enhance its impact and make justice meaningful to the communities.

Community members in the Central African Republic watching proceedings of the first days of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Photo: ICC-CPI

Outreach session in the DRC. Photo: ICC-CPI

Outreach session in Georgia. Photo: Pete Muller

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Communities

Trust Fund for Victims
The Trust Fund for Victims offers reparations and assistance to victims of crimes under the Court’s jurisdiction. With the help of voluntary donors, it offers physical rehabilitation, material support, and psychological rehabilitation to victims. The Trust Fund can also implement Court-ordered reparations.

Prosthetics and other surgeries

In northern Uganda, the Trust Fund for Victims has provided prosthetic and orthotic devices and physiotherapy. An estimated 1,200 victims of torture, mutilation, disfigurement, amputation, burns and other crimes against civilians have been assisted. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

Education

Students supported by the Trust Fund for Victims attend a peace school in Ituri, DRC. Students work together to create stories about the underlying causes to the conflict and share messages for their communities around peace and reconciliation. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

The Trust Fund for Victims’ international and local partners implement projects which combine a variety of activities, including micro-credit, village savings and loan associations, vocational training, and counseling. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

A group who participated in savings and loans assistance in the Trust Fund for Victims programme in the DRC. The groups encouraged participants to work in cooperatives to generate income. Savings and loans groups also become support groups for its members, and used as collective counselling by sharing their experiences, overcoming their difficulties, and encouraging each other. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

Healing

"God forgive me because my heart was preparing revenge against my executioner. Help me! How can I forgive? If I do not, I'll end up committing a crime in the future". - Shared testimonies by children from a peace school supported by the Trust Fund for Victims in Ituri, the DRC. Photo: Trust Fund for Victims

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to The World as we strive together to achieve global security and lasting peace.

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The World

“We are here, today, largely because of the immense contribution of civil society…. That this court exists is a testament to their vision, their tenacity and determination, their sense of justice and humanity”. – Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

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The World

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The World

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The World

Daily Matters of Justice

Find out who is in the Courtroom and exactly what it takes to make justice happen.

The Court in session, 2016.

Judges of the International Criminal Court's Trial Chamber I about to enter the Courtroom for a hearing in the case The Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Photo: Frank Schinski

Judges

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Victims

Registry

Prosecution

Defence and defendants

Witnesses

Court principals

What you can do

Share this exhibit

We invite you to use this online version of this exhibit in your next presentation or meeting about matters of international criminal justice or the ICC. You are encouraged to share this exhibit through your business and social networks. You can also print the physical version of this exhibit (available in 3 sizes) to display in your community.

Raise awareness

Help us raise awareness around issues of justice by using our resources to engage with those around you. Together we must continue the fight against impunity.

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Contact us

Tell us how you are helping to build a more just world: [email protected]