The 2018 NGO-ICC roundtable held on the 14th of May and lasted to the 19th at the Hague, Netherlands. members of several civil society organizations attended and deliberated on the way forward for the International Criminal Court after 20 years.
Peter Lewis the registrar of the court opened the round-table by reiterating the importance of the Rome Statute and the great spirit that saw to the establishment of the Court. Speaking on the role of civil society organizations, he stated that they play a crucial role in supporting the court system and encouraged them not to relent as they are the conscience of the court and have continued to remind the court of its mission.
The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in her speech, stated that we must invigorate a firm commitment to stand by the values of the court and continue to march forward in the fight against impunity for the worlds gravest crimes, she affirmed that international criminal justice is on the march and civil society organizations should continue to support the court to enhance and empower its ability to demonstrate the full potential of the Rome Statute
On his part the president of the court Chile Osuji stated that they is rallying call for the world to amplify its involvement in protecting and refreshing interest in the importance of the Rome Statute and call on everyone to do so as it is more urgent than ever..