Australia boosts support for The International Criminal Court

Media release

  • Attorney-General, The Hon Robert McClelland MP
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP

14 July 2011

Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced the Australian Government will provide a $250,000 funding boost to support the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of Australia’s ongoing commitment to international criminal justice.

The announcement coincides with the visit to Sydney of the President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, for this week’s Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM).

“These contributions recognises the pivotal role the Court plays in prosecuting the most serious crimes of international concern, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Mr McClelland said.

“Australia already makes a significant annual financial contribution of to the ICC under the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the Court.

“This year, the Government provided $5.83m to the ICC as part of Australia’s strong and continuing support for the ICC.”

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the ICC continues to play a critical role in bringing perpetrators of serious crimes of international concern to justice.

"The ICC is currently investigating situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Darfur, Kenya, Libya and Cote d’Ivoire where a number of active cases against individuals are currently in train," Mr Rudd said.

In relation to Libya, last month the ICC issued arrest warrants against Muammar Qaddafi, his son, Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi and Abdullah Al Sensussi for having committed crimes against humanity.  The ICC Prosecutor is continuing to investigate new crimes regarding the situation in Libya. 

“ICC action serves as a warning to those responsible for grave crimes that they can no longer commit such crimes with impunity,” Mr Rudd said.

The additional contributions announced today include:

  • $135,000 to the Trust Fund for Victims, which assists victims to rebuild their lives and livelihoods 
  • $65,000 to the Trust Fund for Least Developed Countries, which enables developing countries to attend and fully participate in meetings of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, and
  • $50,000 to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a partnership of more than 2,500 civil society organisations from 150 countries working to promote the ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute and strengthen international cooperation with the Court.

Mr McClelland said this week’s CLMM in Sydney provides an opportunity for the First Law Officers of the Commonwealth of Nations to discuss law and justice issues of common concern, including counter-terrorism, crime prevention, human rights and access to justice.

Attorneys-General and Ministers will discuss the International Criminal Court and implementing domestic legislation to Implement The Rome Statute , which gives the ICC stronger authority in prosecuting cases.

For more information, visit www.clmm2011.org

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