Support for the ICC and the Rome Statute System
The International Criminal Court is a significant part of the international justice system. The ICC was established to end impunity for international crimes by holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable, and to seek justice and redress for the survivors of these crimes. All states must respect the impartiality and independence of the ICC and stand firm against threats to its mandate.
Advocating for support for the ICC against US sanctions measures
In 2020 we saw the amplification of attacks from the US Government against the International Criminal Court, with threats in March 2020 of sanctions measures against ICC staff, and subsequently in June 2020, imposition of financial sanctions against the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor and another member of the Office of the Prosecutor. The Australian Centre for International Justice worked with human rights organisations to appeal to the Australian Government to condemn the threats and support the ICC against attacks, including through public and private engagement to pursue those ends. The Australian Government joined other States Parties in joint statements to protest the actions of the US Government.
Participation at the ICC Assembly of States Parties
Supporting accountability at the ICC: Palestine
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Joint Open Letter: Impose a two-way arms embargo on Israel to protect Palestinian lives
The Australian Centre for International Justice, joined 200 human rights organisations and individuals in an open letter to States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to impose a comprehensive two-way arms embargo on the State of Israel to protect Palestinian...
Joint NGO Submission: Australia’s international obligations relating to trade with Israel
In a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Palestinian and Australian human rights organisations have called on the Australian Government to undertake an urgent review of all trade cooperation with Israel and implement effective measures to...
Joint Letter: Sheikh Jarrah Families Urge ICC Prosecutor to Investigate Forced Evictions in East Jerusalem
The Australian Centre for International Justice, joined 191 other human rights organisations to support Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem, in their request to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor to investigate forced evictions as...
Media Release: ICC ruling on Palestine paves way for investigation of international crimes, Australia’s position rejected
6 February 2021 The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that the ICC has jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed in the territory of Palestine. The majority ruling paves the way for an investigation into crimes committed in...
Statement on International Justice Day 2020
Today marks International Justice Day, where over 22 years ago, a coalition of hundreds of civil society and victims’ organisations, human rights defenders, regional organisations and states, came together in Rome to support a process which led to the adoption of the...
Media Release: Australia urged to condemn threats against the ICC
30 April 2020 Australian human rights organisations have written to the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General, urging the Australian government to publicly condemn the attacks against the International Criminal Court (ICC) by United...
Media Release: Australian Government attempts to block ICC Palestine investigation
16 February 2020 The Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) calls upon the Australian Government to support international justice and accountability and withdraw its request to intervene at the International Criminal Court (ICC). On Friday 14 February, the...
ACIJ attends the 18th session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties 2019
For the first time, the Australian Centre for International Justice was represented at the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) meeting in its 18th session in The Hague, Netherlands at the World Forum...
Media Release: Australia strongly supports international justice but action is required
The Australian Government has spoken in support of international justice and accountability at the 18th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. This week, Australia delivered a strong...
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