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New ICC Prosecutor Sworn In

On June 16th, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan became the third Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 

In his first remarks as Prosecutor, Khan said “The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday.”

As well, in reference to the possibility of holding trials in places other than The Hague, Khan said, “The priority for me, and I believe that’s the principle of the Rome Statute, is not to focus so much on where trials take place, but to ensure that the quest for accountability and inroads on impunity are made.”

There are currently 8 preliminary examinations and 14 situations under investigation at the ICC, including the situations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and Palestine.

Khan, who is British, will serve a nine year term.

On June 16th, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan became the third Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 

In his first remarks as Prosecutor, Khan said “The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday.”

As well, in reference to the possibility of holding trials in places other than The Hague, Khan said, “The priority for me, and I believe that’s the principle of the Rome Statute, is not to focus so much on where trials take place, but to ensure that the quest for accountability and inroads on impunity are made.”

There are currently 8 preliminary examinations and 14 situations under investigation at the ICC, including the situations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and Palestine.

Khan, who is British, will serve a nine year term.

WFM – Canada and many other members of the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court joined in an open letter of appreciation to outgoing ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The letter stated, “We especially admire the high degree of independence you have exhibited during your mandate. Your office has opened investigations in the face of immense pressure and politicized opposition. You have done this work at great personal and institutional cost.” Bensouda also released reflections of her own upon leaving the office of ICC Chief Prosecutor. 

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