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World Day for International Justice observed on July 17
World Day for International Justice was celebrated in the legal circles and by the rights and judicial activist groups across the world on July 17. This year also marked the 15th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the only permanent international court for the prosecution of individuals accused of mass atrocity crimes.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in a Statement on the World Day for International Justice said, "Holding perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes accountable for their actions plays an essential role in delivering justice for victims of mass atrocity crimes and preventing their recurrence. Every state, and the international community as a whole, has a role to play in this historic battle against impunity."

"On this World Day for International Justice, we must remind ourselves of the importance of pursuing justice and accountability for all mass atrocities, not just as an institutional responsibility and legal obligation, but as a moral necessity," it added.

The observance is held as a part of an effort to recognise the emerging system of international criminal justice to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

It was on 1st June in 2010 that the Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala of Uganda, the Assembly of State Parties decided to celebrate 17 July as the Day of International Criminal Justice.

Each year, people around the world host events to promote international criminal justice to support for the International Criminal Court on issues such as genocide and serious crimes of violence against women.

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