On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (the “ICC” or the “Court”), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, concluded a two-day visit to Accra, Republic of Ghana.
This visit highlights the Prosecutor’s continued willingness to intensify his engagement and dialogue with African States and relevant stakeholders, including African civil society and academia.
Prosecutor Bensouda began her visit with a meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Prosecutor thanked President Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s long-standing support to the Court and stressed the crucial importance of cooperation between States. President Akufo-Addo reiterated that Ghana supported the work of the Office of the Prosecutor and was strongly committed to the work of the ICC.
During the visit, the Prosecutor also met with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Ghana, HE Ms. Gloria Akuffo, as well as senior officials of the Ministry of Justice, including the Chief Prosecutor and the Solicitor General.
The visit also allowed the Prosecutor to meet with ambassadors from States Parties to the Rome Statute and representatives of civil society and engage with the media.
During these meetings, Prosecutor Bensouda stressed in particular the work of her Office in combating impunity for sex-related and gender-based crimes and crimes against children.
She recalled that in November 2016 her Office had officially launched its General Policy on Children to enable the Office to address more vigorously the atrocities committed against children or that had an impact on children.
“My Office is devoting particular attention to the protection of women and children in times of war and conflict by ensuring that the atrocious crimes committed against them are effectively investigated and prosecuted. There are many challenges – and we cannot do it alone. At the local, regional and international levels, we must coordinate our efforts to maximize the impact of our work. ”
On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor formally inaugurated the African Centre for International Criminal Justice at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration and Management (GIMPA) in Accra.
As a result of an initiative launched on the occasion of the Prosecutor’s visit to Accra in 2016, the Centre aims to create a platform for collaboration and research on international criminal justice and, in particular, Of the ICC.
The Prosecutor, as guest of honour, declared: “I am truly honoured to participate in the inauguration and celebration of the establishment of the African Centre on International Criminal Justice. As I have often said, Africa has not only played a key role in the creation of the ICC, but also in its development and the development of international criminal justice more broadly. The creation of the African Centre for International Criminal Justice at GIMPA also contributes significantly to this legacy.”
The Prosecutor congratulated GIMPA on this important initiative and achievement.
Prosecutor Bensouda also noted that May 25, 2017 was Africa Day. This year’s proclaimed theme is “exploiting the wealth of the population by investing in youth”.
In this context, the Prosecutor specifically addressed young people, inviting them to use and contribute to the development of the African Centre for International Criminal Justice in order to raise awareness of international criminal justice throughout the continent .
The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts preliminary investigations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, independently and impartially.
It is currently conducting investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur (Sudan), the Central African Republic (two separate surveys), Kenya, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Georgia.
It also conducts preliminary reviews of situations in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Gabon, Guinea, Iraq / United Kingdom, Nigeria, Palestine and Ukraine and the situation concerning vessels flying the Comorian flag, Greek and Cambodian.
Source: Office of the Prosecutor