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With differing systems in place and a review underway, Mariana Pena – legal officer for international justice with the Open Society Justice Initiative – explores the application process for victims to participate in ICC proceedings in this guest post.

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International criminal law, though not quite as comprehensively codified or as widely ratified by States as international human rights obligations, is relevant to the study and protection of international human rights because it, generally, is aimed at punishing acts which affect fundamental human rights, namely: life, liberty, and security. This factsheet provides definitions and resources for further research.

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In 1995 a handful of NGOs formed the NGO Coalition for an International Criminal Court (CICC). The coalition now includes over 2,500 NGOs worldwide united in their support for a fair and effective International Criminal Court (ICC). The CICC played a uniquely influential role in the establishment of this international institution. It significantly contributed to the process from the early discussions at the UN, through the Rome Statue, the ratification campaign and beyond.

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This Human Rights Watch guide explains the structure of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and asserts that NGOs can continue to show support for the ICC by sharing information with the public and the Court, and aiding victims and witnesses.

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On 16 January 2013, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed on the territory of Mali since January 2012. In this video, Fadi El Abdallah, ICC Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, and Amady Ba, Head of International Cooperation at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Court, answer questions concerning this investigation.

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Organization logo: Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CIVV)

CICC includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC; to ensure that the Court is fair; and to advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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