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Russian Federation: ICRC vice-president addresses ICC conference in Moscow

04-02-2004 News Release 04/09

A two-day conference entitled "The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: implementation at the national level" began here today.

The conference will be assessing the legislative amendments required to establish effective cooperation between States and the ICC, along with the main obstacles to ratification of the Rome Statute.

The event was opened by ICRC vice-president Jacques Forster; the President of the International Court (ICC), Philippe Kirsch and the President of the Russian Association of International Law, Anatoly l. Kolodkin.

Participants include representatives of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, the Council of Federation, the State Duma, the Constitutional Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Federal Security Service, and the Supreme Court, together with leading Russian and foreign scholars and experts in international law.

The ICRC supports the ICC as part of its efforts to promote respect for international humanitarian law, urging States to adhere to the relevant treaties and enforce them at national level. As Jacques Forster noted in addressing the opening session, " A significant step forward in our common endeavour to promote greater respect for international humanitarian law, the Rome Statute reflects the international community’s longstanding wish to ensure that the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes do not go unpunished. "

See statement by Jacques Forster

 For further information, please contact  

 Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Moscow, tel. ++7 095 926 54 26