The International Criminal Court (ICC) today kicked off a campaign in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, with a call to unite humanity against crimes. By uniting against crimes, the ICC and all those supporting it can work together to build a more peaceful, just world by deterring crimes and promoting accountability and access to justice. The campaign, called “Humanity against crimes”, explores the crimes under the Court’s jurisdiction, how the ICC promotes access to justice, and how we can work together to protect people from suffering and help prevent mass crimes. It also includes specific calls to action for both individuals and states to unite in these common goals. A new webpage on the campaign features exclusive interview footage with the ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, and the President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), Mr O-Gon Kwon. In his video statement, the ICC President stated: “The purpose of the ICC is to help prevent war-related violence, and prevent it through the rule of law, and to provide access to justice where it otherwise could not be attained. The ICC needs the support of everyone in its mission.” Speaking on the importance of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the ASP President stated: “Each person, and every country on earth, can help build a more peaceful, more just world. Support the UN’s Goal 16 for peace and justice. Join over 120 countries already supporting the Rome Statute system… No
“It’s with a great sense of duty and determination that we filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court on October 2 for crimes against humanity. We owe it to all the people who died from the consequences of nuclear colonialism. We see French nuclear tests as no less than the direct result of colonization,” Oscar Temaru said at the United Nations.