On the 23rd to 25th of January 2018, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) together with the Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) organized a baseline meeting of African Civil Society Network working on International Criminal Justice at Hotel Ibis Marcoury Abidjan. The aim of the meeting was to create a network of Civil Society that would encourage the African government to support the Hague based court.
The baseline meeting brought together not less than 15 African countries including leaders of national coalitions for the ICC in various African countries, Magistrates, Human rights groups and representatives from P.E countries and countries under investigation.
The meeting saw to an interactive round table session of members suggesting credible ideas on how to bridge the gap between the ICC and Africa. Participants also discussed the need to have in place a strong mechanism or institution that makes it possible to punish perpetrators of heinous and atrocious human rights violations and seek justice for victims of such violations.
“We are concerned that 20 years after the entry into force of the Rome Statute, many state parties are yet to enact legislation’s implementing the provisions of the Statute into their national laws. ” said Chino Obiagwu, chairman of the Nigerian coalition for the ICC in his opening remarks. “This network is a key means of raising awareness among the African people and encouraging African governments to support the Rome Statute system”.
The meeting was supported by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and hosted by the Ivorian Coalition for the ICC.
Pictures of the baseline meeting
Photos of the baseline meeting