16 July 2017

Africa: Justice At Core of Sustainable Peace, Mogherini Says On Anniversary of International Criminal Court

press release

The European Union is one of the main donors in support of justice sector reform worldwide. Marking the Day of International Criminal Justice, the EU and its Member States reiterate their full support to the International Criminal Court and to the strengthening of an international criminal justice system committed to deter the commission of crimes, to fight impunity and to ensure the protection of the victims' rights.

"Justice is one of the core elements towards reconciliation and sustainable peace," EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a Declaration on behalf of the EU. "Without justice, the most heinous crimes go unpunished, victims are unable to obtain redress and peace remains an elusive goal, since impunity generates more hatred, leading to acts of revenge and more suffering."

As part of its integrated approach to promoting sustainable peace and resilient societies, the EU invests heavily in strengthening law enforcement and justice institutions, promoting independent and impartial justice, and supporting access to justice for all. In Syria, for example, the EU recently allocated €1.5 million in support of the investigation and prosecution of crimes under international law.

The EU is also a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court and has committed €37 million in direct support of the Court since 2000. The 17th of July marks the date of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998.

"The European Union will continue to fully support multilateral global governance, based on international law, human rights and strong international institutions. In this regard, we remain committed to advance our fight against impunity, and to promote the universal ratification of the Rome Statute," said the High Representative.

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