Press Release: 2 February 2023

HRH The Countess of Wessex visits International Criminal Court

ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański and HRH The Countess of Wessex ©ICC-CPI
HRH The Countess of Wessex and ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański ©ICC-CPI

On 2 February 2023, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC), where she was received by the President of the Court, Judge Piotr Hofmański, as well as the Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan KC, the Deputy Prosecutors, Nazhat Shameem Khan and Mame Mandiaye Niang, the Registrar, Peter Lewis, and the Acting Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims, Franziska Eckelmans. 

Judge Piotr Hofmański thanked The Countess for her visit to the Court and stated: "The support of the international community is of crucial importance for the ability of the International Criminal Court to carry out its vital mandate of justice and accountability.”  

Issues discussed with The Countess included the work of the Court and of the Trust Fund for Victims, particularly in relation to sexual and gender based violence, the restorative aspect of ICC’s work in the form of reparations to victims, outreach, awareness raising, as well as the protection of victims and witnesses, amongst others. The Countess also had a guided visit of the ICC Courtroom with ICC Judge Joanna Korner. 

Pictures of the visit 

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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