Georgian Coalition for International Criminal Court

5 May 2010
Georgian human rights NGOs – Human Rights Priority, Human Rights Center, International Center on Conflict and Negotiation, Article 42 of the Constitution, Center for Protection of Constitutional Rights, 21st Century, Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association unite in Georgian Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
The coalition is based on years of work in the field of human rights carried out by the members of the coalition and their experiences of successful cooperation.
Goals of the coalition are to document crimes, which fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), in particular related to the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, to facilitate execution of judiciary in this regard at national and international levels, to provide legal and other forms of assistance to those people who have been effected by those crimes, to raise awareness about the International Criminal Court in Georgia, to cooperate with the court and to foster research and analysis in the field of international criminal law.
Members of the Coalition consider that serious crimes, like – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity must not remain unpunished. We also believe that achievement of sustainable peace and reconciliation will be impossible without justice. The International Criminal Court represents the most effective international mechanism in fight against impunity and for rehabilitation of violated rights.
The international partner of the Coalition is the “Coalition for International Criminal Court (CICC)”.
For additional information please contact: Ana Natsvlishvili (Human Rights Center) at 384 648
 Shortly on International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court represents the first independent permanent body, investigating genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and puts individuals to justice for above mentioned crimes.
The court became operational in 2002, on the basis of the international agreement – “The Rome Statute”, more than 100 countries have ratified the statute for today, including Georgia, which ratified the statute in 2003.
The International Criminal Court enables victims, as well as civil society representatives (human rights defenders, media, NGOs and other interested actors) to participate in the process of establishing truth, identifying and persecuting perpetrators as well as ensuring rehabilitation and reparation for victims.
 Currently, the International Criminal Court is investigating cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity in five countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Sudan (Darfur) and Kenya.
The Office of the Prosecutor is conducting preliminary analysis on facts, which might trigger the investigation in six countries:  Afghanistan, Columbia, Palestine, Ivory Coast (Cot D’Ivoire), Guinea, and Georgia (in respect to Russia-Georgia war).
 
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