ICC President to Visit Southeast AsiaBy African Press Organization - Apo, PRNE
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands and KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 2, 2011 - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun
Song of South Korea, will begin an official visit to Southeast Asia on 5
March 2011. During his eight-day trip, he will be travelling to the
Philippines (5-8 March), Malaysia (8-11 March) and Brunei (11-13 March).
The main purpose of President Song's visits is to raise awareness about
the ICC and to facilitate informed consultations in countries that may be
considering ratification of the Rome Statute. During his visits, he will hold
meetings with state officials, members of the legal profession and other
While in Malaysia, President Song will also participate as a keynote
speaker at the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Consultation on the universality of
the Rome Statute of the ICC.
The ICC is an independent, permanent court that prosecutes persons
accused of the most serious crimes of international concern: genocide, crimes
against humanity and war crimes. It was established by an international
treaty, the Rome Statute, which has 114 States Parties as of 1 January 2011.
To date, three States Parties to the Rome Statute - Uganda, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic - have
self-referred situations occurring in their countries to the Court. The
Security Council has referred the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the
Prosecutor was granted authorisation by the Pre-Trial Chamber to open an
investigation on his own initiative into the situation in Kenya.
On 26 February 2011, the United Nations Security Council for the first
time unanimously decided to refer a situation - that of Libya - to the ICC
Prosecutor. The Office of the Prosecutor has to now decide whether an
investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya since
15 February 2011 should be opened.
More information on the Court and its current activities:
Biography of President Song:
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Journalists wishing to arrange an interview with the President are
encouraged to contact Fadi El Abdallah, Associate Legal Outreach Officer, by
telephone at: +31(0)70-515-9152 or by e-mail at:
You can also follow the Court's activities on
YouTube: www.youtube.com/IntlCriminalCourt and
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Contact: Journalists wishing to arrange an interview with the President are encouraged to contact Fadi El Abdallah, Associate Legal Outreach Officer, by telephone at: +31(0)70-515-9152 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah at icc-cpi.int
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