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20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute

Ljubljana, 17 July 2018 – Today is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has the power to prosecute perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Today, on the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice, we mark the historic activation of the jurisdiction of the Court over the crime of aggression.


Slovenia remains an active member of the Court. Slovenia’s commitment to strengthening international justice is reflected in its foreign policy, which is based on the rule of law, respect for international law, and the awareness that lasting peace, security and social progress are impossible without respect for human rights and the prosecution of the most serious crimes. Slovenia is also member of the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute for the 2017-2020 period. 


The Court is the leading mechanism for ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible in cases when states are unable or unwilling to do so. Its role is reflected in the number of cases currently pending and which directly or indirectly concern regions worldwide. The Court has also made visible achievements in case law, victims’ assistance, and effective operations.


Slovenia reaffirms its full support for the Court's work and will continue to promote its universality, integrity and efficiency.