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ICC held groundbreaking ceremony for Permanent Premises construction in April

Posted by African Press International on September 1, 2013


At the groundbreaking ceremony for the ICC’s new premises on 16 April 2013, from left to right: the Mayor of The Hague, Mr Jozias Johannes van Aartsen; the ASP Vice-President, Ambassador Markus Börlin; the ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song; and the SecrAt the groundbreaking ceremony for the ICC’s new premises on 16 April 2013, from left to right: the Mayor of The Hague, Mr Jozias Johannes van Aartsen; the ASP Vice-President, Ambassador Markus Börlin; the ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song; and the Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Renée Jones-Bos © ICC-CPI

On Tuesday, 16 April 2013, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the Court’s Permanent Premises in The Hague (The Netherlands). Construction will be completed towards the end of 2015, when the premises will be ready for use.

The ceremony was organised by the project’s Oversight Committee, on behalf of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP). The groundbreaking was conducted by four official guests: the ASP Vice-President, Ambassador Markus Börlin; the ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song; the Mayor of The Hague, Mr Jozias Johannes van Aartsen; and the Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Renée Jones-Bos.

Introducing the ceremony, the Chair of the Oversight Committee, Mr. Roberto Bellelli, stated that “this is a point of no return on the path of international criminal justice […] the transition […] to a permanent architecture in international relations [whose] roots […] are being excavated in a visible and permanent structure in the ground of The Hague, in a mutually reinforcing relationship of Peace and Justice between this City and the ICC.”

“In just over two years, the ICC will be housed in an iconic group of buildings that will leave visitors with a strong image of the Court: that of an august institution established to combat impunity by imparting justice in accordance with the rule of law”, said ASP Vice-President Ambassador Börlin.

“An institution of global significance deserves a world class premises. That, I am pleased to say, is what we are building here”, stated ICC President Song.

“This summer we will be celebrating the centenary of the Peace Palace, the symbol of The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice. Almost a century after the Peace Palace opened its doors, work begins on building what has been described as ‘the Peace Palace of the 21st century’: the International Criminal Court”, noted the Mayor of The Hague, Mr van Aartsen.

“The new ICC-building will become a landmark in the Netherlands and we are proud to have it on our territory. Our commitment with the ICC is consistent with a vocation to promote international law that is deeply rooted in Dutch history and which is reflected in the Dutch Constitution, said the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Jones-Bos.

 For more photos from this event, please click here​.

About the Permanent Premises

The new Court will be situated between the natural rolling dune landscape and the edge of The Hague on the site where the Alexanderkazerne (Alexander Barracks) were located on the van Alkemadelaan/Oude Waalsdorperweg.

The chosen site is an ideal location, since it is situated close to the ICC Detention Centre and to major roads. The site is part of the International Zone of The Hague which also contains the Peace Palace, Europol, ICTY, OPCW and The Hague World Forum.

The host state (The Netherlands) made the site available free of charge. The project is funded by the 122 States Parties that have ratified the Rome Statute, through a mixture of one-time payments or via the utilisation of a loan offered by the host state. In addition, the host state organised and financed the architectural design competition, which started at the end of 2008.

In 2010 the Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen was selected to design the new premises, as its design met all the ICC’s criteria, including design quality, sustainability, functionality and cost. In October 2012 the tendering procedure for the General Contractor was completed and the combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren (“Courtys”) was selected for the realisation of the ICC’s Permanent Premises.

About the ICC

The International Criminal Court is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.





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International Criminal Court: Situations and cases

Posted by African Press International on September 1, 2013

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18 cases in 8 situations have been brought before the International Criminal Court.

Pursuant to the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor can initiate an investigation on the basis of a referral from any State Party or from the United Nations Security Council. In addition, the Prosecutor can initiate investigations proprio motu on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court received from individuals or organisations (“communications”).

To date, four States Parties to the Rome Statute – Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Mali – have referred situations occurring on their territories to the Court. In addition, the Security Council has referred the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the situation in Libya – both non-States Parties. After a thorough analysis of available information, the Prosecutor has opened and is conducting investigations in all of the above-mentioned situations.

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Kenya: Governor Kidero dismisses his critics

Posted by African Press International on September 1, 2013


Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero has dismissed claims by critics that hes about to ditch ODM.Speaking in his Asumbi rural home in Homa Bay county  during a prayer session to officially  open a newly built state of the art  house for his wife Susan Mboya daughter to the late Thomas Joseph Mboya, Kidero said that hes a staunch party member and those peddling the said rumours are punchered politicians who are jittery with his political resilience.

“I will remain in ODM and also work with the government for our people to benefit economically”, he thundered amid applause from the enthusiastic crowd. Some section of ODM members particularly those from Luo Nyanza region have been on endless campaign onslaught spreading malicious propaganda that Kidero had ditched the party due to his percieved closeness with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kidero recently accompanied the head of state to China where multi billion contracts were signed but failed to accompany his party leader to the U S A  where close to ten Cord Governors were invited in July. Political pundits opine that Kideros critics seems to be un fair to him arguing that theres no way he can operate in isolation without working closely with the President if hes to deliver.

The city council of Nairobi is heavily indebted as a result of entrenched corruption by cartels who have been operating there with glee for decades and some of them are highly connected and to stump it out you need a good will from the government of the day. Sources further confided to the press that President Uhuru courtesy of Kidero has agreed to waiver some of the council debts to cushion it from financial crisis. Former Homa Bay MP Oluoch Kanindo is also of the opinion that Kidero resilient political graph, sterling track record in the cooperate sector and succession in Luo politics are to blame for the prevaling scenario. Some senior Luo politicians are abit bitter that they dont get the much needed attention in various forums they share with Kidero yet they view him as a political novice.

“Kidero should be adviced to have a thick skin because what we are seing now is just but the beginning”,Kanindo said during an interview.”What do you expect from a man with untainted record and massive charisma,his critics must be ready for a rude shock in the near future”,Kanindo conluded.

In the ODM circles Kidero is said to be having a rapport with the party leader Raila Odinga but some three senior politicians in Luo Nyanza who are said to have been behind Railas failure to state house as result of shoddy nominations and strategy  in 2007 and 2013 are the ones orchestrating malice and blackmail to clip his political wings.Its interesting to note that the said politicians were seen literally camping in Kidero offices and homes begging for campagn funds in the last polls which they religiously recieved.

According to a top ODM politician the three politicians enjoys the party leaders ear and therefore even the party elections being craved for to make the party more vibrant seems to be a distant dream. “Its like the party is their personal property they run it like a shop”, he quipped.




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