UN: ICC says justice is key to durable peace

New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday said that justice
is key to durable peace, noting that "strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among
all nations and peoples is very essential to sustainable development."

"On this International Day of Peace, the ICC recalls the importance of fair and impartial justice processes in the resolution of conflicts, as well as the significance of international law in maintaining peaceful relations among nations," the court said in a statement.

"Justice for atrocity crimes, both retributive and restorative and taking into account the
interests of the victims and affected communities is an important factor for long-term
stability in post-conflict societies," said ICC President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi.

"Accountability is also crucial for the purpose of preventing the re-occurrence of
mass crimes. The support of the global community for the ICC as well as for national justice
efforts is essential for achieving these goals."

According to him, by supporting the Court, States have taken a stand against impunity for
mass crimes, recognising that such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and
well-being of the world.

The ICC is a court of last resort as it exercises its jurisdiction only where national criminal justice systems are unable or unwilling genuinely to do so.

ICC is currently investigating nine situations and is conducting eight preliminary
examinations, and ICC Judges have issued 28 arrest warrants and nine summonses to
appear.

Proceedings against a total of 11 accused persons are currently at the trial stage, while
seven suspects are in ICC's custody and 13 remain at large. The ICC has a membership of 123 States Parties.
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