Second EU Day against Impunity held in The Hague

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 29, 2017

On the 23 May the Embassy of Malta in The Hague in collaboration with the International Criminal Court organised an event at the premises of the Court on the EU Day against Impunity. 

The notion of a day dedicated to the fight against impunity, was launched for the first time by the Netherlands during their presidency last year to raise awareness and recognition of the combined efforts of EU Member States in enforcing international criminal law and Europe-wide effort to this goal. Malta has sought to extend this initiative with this event that focused on the work of the Prosecutor's office at the ICC in their efforts to end impunity of the most heinous crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. 

The keynote address of the event was delivered by the Deputy Prosecutor, James Stewart of the ICC who outlined the challenges faced by his office to collect evidence, seek witnesses and apprehend suspects in their investigations. He also noted that cooperation from states parties to conduct their work is a crucial element and thus reiterated his call for support in their investigations. Ambassador of Malta, Mr Joseph Cole and the Chair and Co-Chair of the COJUR-ICC working group of the EU, Dr Chris Soler and Dr Omar Grech addressed the members of Judiciary of the Court, representatives of state parties and NGOs.