17 July 2017

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland on the Day of International Criminal Justice

On 17 July 1998, an international conference in Rome adopted the Rome Statute, which established an International Criminal Court, the first permanent international tribunal responsible for bringing to justice perpetrators of the most serious crimes under international law.

To commemorate this event, we celebrate the Day of International Criminal Justice. Marked for the 19th time this year, it is our way of paying tribute to the victims of these atrocities.

For 15 years now, the International Criminal Court has been the keystone of the international justice system, prosecuting war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. We are hopeful that this year will see the activation of the Kampala Amendments on the Crime of Aggression, and that those who lead nations on to wage aggressive wars will face individual criminal liability.

Let me take this opportunity to emphasize Poland’s unwavering support for the Court. We manifested our commitment this year by inviting the full bench to hold their judicial retreat in Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, a former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, which was the scene of the gravest crimes in the light of international criminal law.

Witold Waszczykowski
Minister of Foreign Affairs

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