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  • 7 December 2017

    “We are convinced that the effective cooperation of the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court can contribute to the improvement of international peace and security,” Deputy Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during his remarks at the General Debate of the Assembly, in doing so referring to Poland’s non-permanent membership of the UNSC starting on January 1st 2018.

    In his speech delivered in New York on Wednesday, Deputy Minister Czaputowicz appealed to representatives of States Parties to make a decision on the activation of the ICC's jurisdiction regarding crimes of aggression. Poland belongs to a group of 34 countries, which are bound to amendments to the Statute of Rome regarding crimes of aggression and are in favour of their rapid entry into force.



    The deputy head of Polish diplomacy recalled that this year, at the invitation of the Polish Foreign Minister, the judges of the Court visited Poland, during which they held consultations in Krakow and visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. The chairman of the Polish delegation commented on the visit of the judges to the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. “It is our dream that the nations of the world draw conclusions from the tragic past and that similar atrocities never happen again,” Deputy Minister Czaputowicz said.



    The participation of a Polish representative in the General Debate at the MFA Undersecretary of State level reflects the importance that Poland attaches to the construction of an international law-based order. It also bolsters the image of a state that respects international criminal law.


    The 16th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is being held in New York between December 4-14th this year. The Assembly of States Parties is a general supervisory body and the legislative body of the ICC - the first ever permanent criminal tribunal of a universal nature.The main task of the Court is to administer individual justice for the most serious crimes of international law: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and – upon the activation of jurisdiction – crimes of aggression, should justice not be implemented on a national level.


    Link to the speech - here.


    MFA Press Office


    Speech of Deputy Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz
    Speech of Deputy Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz
    Speech of Deputy Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz

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