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July 5, 2010
International Justice Day -- July 17th
International Justice Day, also referred to as the World Day for International Justice, is celebrated
throughout the world on July 17 as part of an effort to recognize the emerging system of
international criminal
justice.  July 17th was
chosen because it is
the anniversary of the
International Criminal
Court.  On this day,
groups and individuals
focus attention on
particular issues such
as crimes against
humanity, international
aggression, genocide,
the exploitation of
children in conflict,
and serious crimes of
violence against
"As a Kenyan, and as an African woman, I
can affirm that whether it is here in Kenya
or in Darfur, in the Democratic Republic of
Congo, in the Central African Republic or
in Uganda, the need for justice is universal.
The ICC is bringing us hope that we can
finally see the fulfillment of the right of the
victims to learn the truth, to see the
perpetrators of these crimes tried, and to
receive reparation. The only reason we
might fear ICC is if we are guilty."
--Wangari Maathai, parliamentarian,
environmentalist, civil society and women's
rights activist, and founder of the Green Belt
Movement.  She was awarded the Nobel
Prize for Peace in 2004.
Celebrating the Mission and Purpose of the International Criminal Court
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 17 July 1998

The States Parties to this Statute,

Conscious that all peoples are united by common bonds, their
cultures pieced together in a shared heritage, and concerned that this
delicate mosaic may be shattered at any time,

Mindful that during this century millions of children, women and men
have been victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the
conscience of humanity,

Recognizing that such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and
well-being of the world,

Affirming that the most serious crimes of concern to the international
community as a whole must not go unpunished and that their effective
prosecution must be ensured by taking measures at the national level
and by enhancing international cooperation,

Determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes and thus to contribute to the
prevention of such crimes,

Recalling that it is the duty of every State to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over those responsible for
international crimes,

Reaffirming the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular that all
States shall refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of
any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations....

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"Accountability and peace are
inextricably bound together.
The United States strongly supports
international efforts to bring those
responsible for genocide and war crimes in
Darfur to justice, and we firmly believe there
cannot be a lasting peace in Darfur without
accountability and justice.  So we call again
on the Government of Sudan and all other
parties to the conflict to cooperate fully with
the International Criminal Court and its
Prosecutor, as required by Security Council
Resolution 1593."
--Susan Rice
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
The Founding Principles of the ICC in 24 Seconds ...