International Criminal Law

International criminal law imposes responsibilities directly on individuals and punishes violations through international mechanisms such as the ICTR, the ICTY, and the ICC.

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TREATIES > Rome Statute

One of the primary objectives of the United Nations is securing universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals throughout the world. In this connection, few topics are of greater importance than the fight against impunity and the struggle for peace and justice and human rights in conflict situations in today's world. The establishment of a permanent international criminal court (ICC) is seen as a decisive step forward. The international community met in Rome, Italy, from 15 June to 17 July 1998 to finalize a draft statute which, when ratified, will establish such a court. (The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court)