The Nobel Women’s Initiative’s delegation to the first ever Review Conference of the International Criminal Court has ended, but our work continues. It is a critical moment for international justice and the international community must act together to ensure that crimes against humanity no longer go unpunished.
The delegation, led by Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Shirin Ebadi, is calling for a global end to impunity and a strengthening of laws that punish perpetrators of crimes against women. Currently, all of the cases of the ICC include investigation into the atrocious human rights violations that have been committed against women. National laws and regulations that protect women, such as the proper recording and documentation of rapes, must be implemented and enforced to compliment the ICC’s work.
Shirin Ebadi also appealed to the United Nations Security Council to refer Burma to the ICC for crimes it has committed against its own citizens, particularly women. These crimes include sexual violence, forced labour and portering, forced displacement and the torture and imprisonment of its political opponents, including fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Review Conference began on the 31 of May and will close on the 11 of June. During this time, States Parties to the Rome Statute, observer states and nongovernmental organizations are meeting to discuss the impact of the court to date, as well as possible amendments.
Nobel Peace laureates urge ICC to focus justice on women, Afrique Avenir, 5 June 2010.
Better laws needed to protect women: Nobel laureates, Reuters Africa, 4 June 2010.
ICC offers hope of Justice for women, Demotix, 4 June 2010.
Check out our blog for photos, videos and blog posts from the delegation.