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Ten Years of the International Criminal Court

7th October 2008

The Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in Rome on 17 July 1998 by 120 States. The first prosecutor of the ICC, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, took office on 21 April 2003 with the mandate to investigate and prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Prosecutor has decided to open investigations in four situations (the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Northern Uganda; Darfur, the Sudan; and the Central African Republic). The situation in Darfur, the Sudan, was referred by the United Nations Security Council. The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is also analysing situations on three continents including in countries such as Colombia and Afghanistan.

In this free public event the ICC's first chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, reflects on its role. 'My mandate is justice, justice for the victims. Each of our cases is a message to victims of crimes worldwide, that perpetrators will be held accountable. Impunity is no longer an option; this is the new law under the Rome Statute. My limit is the evidence'