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On 21 September 2015, the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or theICC ‘Justice is key to durable peace’
“Court”) joins in commemorating the International Day of Peace, a day
devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all
nations and peoples.On this International Day of Peace, the Court recalls the importance
of fair and impartial justice processes in the resolution of
conflicts, as well as the significance of international law in
maintaining peaceful relations among nations.

“Justice for atrocity crimes, both retributive and restorative –
taking into account the interests of the victims and affected
communities – is an important factor for long‐term stability in
post‐conflict societies”, said ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de
Gurmendi. “Accountability is also crucial for the purpose of
preventing the reoccurrence of mass crimes. The support of the global
community for the ICC as well as for national justice efforts is
essential for achieving these goals.”

The Court benefits from the membership of 123 States Parties which
continues to grow. By supporting the Court, States have taken a stand
against impunity for mass crimes, recognising that such grave crimes
threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world.

Background: The ICC is a court of last resort as it exercises its
jurisdiction only where national criminal justice systems are unable
or unwilling genuinely to do so. The Court is currently investigating
nine situations and is conducting eight preliminary examinations.  ICC
Judges have issued 28 arrest warrants and nine summonses to appear.
Proceedings against a total of 11 accused persons are currently at the
trial stage. Seven suspects are in the Court’s custody while 13 remain
at large.
ICC Press Release

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