Maria Arena demand firm support for the International Criminal Court 

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Statement by the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Maria Arena, following Friday’s exchange of views with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

“We were honoured by the virtual presence today, at the meeting of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The Prosecutor's essential work touches upon some of the greatest challenges facing the rules-based international order, accountability and humanity.

The ICC system has been strongly supported by the EU and this Parliament from the very beginning. Preliminary examinations and investigations are often sensitive by nature, and this is why the ICC represents an essential step forward for the international community to end impunity and protect people who are victims of horrible crimes in the 21st century.

We are very concerned by the lack of resources available for the ICC and by the deplorable attacks on the Prosecutor’s office, as a consequence of recent preliminary examinations, which did not spare individual staff members of the Court from threats and intimidation.

I call on the EU and its Members States to maintain and strengthen its support for the Court and its independent work, defend the ICC's impartial role and help strengthen its efforts to ensure that the Prosecutor's challenging tasks are tackled with all the necessary support and financial resources.”

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Prosecutor Bensouda held a debate, via videoconference, with MEPs in the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Friday 29 May, where she talked about the Court’s recent work, as well as specific country situations and various recent developments.

You can watch the meeting again here.