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Kampala Declaration

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International Criminal Court RC/4

Review Conference of the Rome Statute

Kampala

31 May - 11 June 2010

We, high-level representatives of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, gathered in Kampala, Uganda, at the first Review Conference under this Statute, held from 31 May to 11 June 2010,

Guided by a renewed spirit of cooperation and solidarity, with a firm commitment to fight impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern and to guarantee lasting respect for the enforcement of international criminal justice,

Recalling the aims and purposes of the Rome Statute and recognizing the noble mission and the role of the International Criminal Court in a multilateral system that aims to end impunity, establish the rule of law, promote and encourage respect for human rights and achieve sustainable peace, in accordance with international law and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Mindful that despite progress in realizing the aims and purposes of the Statute and the mission of the Court, countless children, women and men continue to be victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity,

Recalling the historic establishment and commencement of functioning of the International Criminal Court as an independent and permanent judicial institution complementary to national criminal jurisdictions,

Welcoming actions undertaken by States Parties to strengthen national criminal jurisdictions in accordance with the Statute,

Appreciating the invaluable assistance of civil society for the advancement of the International Criminal Court,

Convinced that there can be no lasting peace without justice and that peace and justice are thus complementary requirements,

Convinced also that justice and the fight against impunity are, and must remain, indivisible and that in this regard universal adherence to the Statute is essential,

Stressing the importance of full cooperation with the International Criminal Court, United by the common bonds of our peoples, our cultures pieced together in a shared heritage,

Together solemnly:

1. Reaffirm our commitment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and its full implementation, as well as to its universality and integrity;

2. Reiterate our determination to put an end to impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern, with full respect for international fair trial standards, and thus to contribute to the prevention of such crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world;

3. Emphasize that justice is a fundamental building block of sustainable peace;

4. Determine to continue and strengthen our efforts to promote victims' rights under the Rome Statute, including their right to participate in judicial proceedings and claim for reparations, and to protect victims and affected communities;

5. Resolve to continue and strengthen effective domestic implementation of the Statute, to enhance the capacity of national jurisdictions to prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern in accordance with internationally-recognized fair trial standards, pursuant to the principle of complementarity;

6. Express our firm commitment to work actively during the Review Conference towards a satisfactory outcome on the amendment proposals included in resolution ICC-ASP/8/Res.6, keeping in mind the mission the International Criminal Court is meant to accomplish in the international community;

7. Further resolve to continue and strengthen our efforts to ensure full cooperation with the Court in accordance with the Statute, in particular in the areas of implementing legislation, enforcement of Court decisions, execution of arrest warrants, conclusion of agreements and witness protection, and to express our political and diplomatic support for the Court;

8. Express our appreciation to the Court which has become fully operational as a judicial institution in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute;

9. Express our appreciation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the cooperation extended to the International Criminal Court by the United Nations system;

10. Welcome the fact that 111 States from all regions of the world have now become Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and invite States that are not yet parties to the Statute to become parties as soon as possible, and reiterate our commitment to proactively promote universality and full implementation of the Statute;

11. Acknowledge the pledges made by States Parties and by non-States Parties and other organizations to promote the aims and purposes of the Rome Statute;

12. Decide to henceforth celebrate 17 July, the day of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998, as the Day of International Criminal Justice.