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Minister Arancha González-Laya underlines central role of International Criminal Court during UN Ministerial Week
23/09/2020
Earlier today, Minister Arancha González-Laya attended a breakfast organised by the Informal Ministerial Network in support of the International Criminal Court (ICC) within the framework of the 75th period of sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. 
 
Consisting of Foreign Affairs Ministers and the European Union High Representative, this network has a total of 35 members and seeks to form a solid support core for the International Criminal Court. The event was also attended by the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, and the President of the Assembly of States Parties, O-Gon Kwon. 
 
During the event, the participants exchanged opinions on the possible ways to strengthen the International Criminal Court, a key institution in the fight against impunity. 
 
Discussions also took place around the challenge posed by the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration on the ICC in reaction to a decision by the Prosecutor’s Office to open investigations into war crimes in Afghanistan. 
 
In turn, Minister Arancha González-Laya underlined the central role of the ICC in combating crimes of aggression, crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, adding that any attack on the ICC is intolerable given that it operates impartially and independently. 
 
Furthermore, she highlighted the need to adopt specific measures to offset the effects of the sanctions on activity by the ICC, welcoming the efforts already being taken within the framework of the European Union. 
 
Finally, the minister expressed her opinion about the current selection process for the next prosecutor, stating that the person who takes up this role should have an outstanding career in international criminal justice and meet the requirements of independence, high moral standing and experience in managing multi-national teams.

 

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