Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AMICC Participation in Upcoming ASP meeting in New York, December 6-10

This year’s Assembly of States Parties will be held on December 6-10 at the United Nations in New York City. Representatives from the 114 state parties, several observer states, including the US, and NGOs concerned about the ICC will come together with ICC officials to discuss the financing, governance, and effectiveness of the ICC.

This is a regular session of the ASP, the ICC governing body, the ninth of its kind. Discussions at the meeting will include reviewing and approving the ICC’s annual budget, revisiting the stocktaking aspect of the Review Conference in Kampala earlier this year, reports on the activities and projects of the Trust Fund for Victims, a dialogue about a Strategic plan of action for universal ratification, as well as reviewing the performance of the court, current controversies (including specifically, Sudan), moving forward on working groups dealing with governance, operations of the ASP, and other budget/finance issues including the election of 6 individuals to the Committee on Budget and Finance. In addition, there may be further discussions on the status of the aggression amendment and other amendments of the Rome Statue proposed but not considered at the Review Conference.

AMICC’s main goal during the week of the ASP will be to guarantee that the actions taken by the ASP will help to further a close and productive relationship with the United States and the ICC. If you have questions about any of these issues or you have any suggestions for our advocacy or reporting please contact us. We will be sure to keep you all updated during the week of the ASP through our website and blog as well as Twitter and Facebook. We will also publish a full report on our website at the conclusion of the session. Also, stay tuned to the blog during the week of the ASP for a video interview with US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J. Rapp.

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