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Minister Coveney reiterates support for the role of the International Criminal Court

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, International Law, Press Releases, Do not choose this (location), 2017


Minister Coveney reiterates support for the role of the International Criminal Court on 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., today reiterated Ireland’s support for the International Criminal Court.

In a statement released to mark 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice, Minister Coveney said:

“Since its conception, Ireland has been a consistent and strong supporter of the International Criminal Court.  I believe that, by its very existence, the Court promotes and upholds not only the rule of law but also provides an essential means of ending a culture of impunity. It contributes in a most fundamental way to the cause of international peace and security”. 

Minister Coveney continued:

“The Court, which has faced a number of challenges since its establishment, has become the primary forum for international criminal justice, and is now active across a number of different regions in the world. Ireland remains committed to supporting the effective functioning of the Court as a vehicle for helping to promote human rights and of ensuring respect for international humanitarian law at the highest levels.

One of the primary purposes of the Court is to bring justice and reparations to victims, including women and girls who have suffered gender-based violence. The work of the ICC Trust Fund for Victims, also created under the Rome Statute, is critical in this regard.  Ireland has been a consistent supporter of the Trust Fund and I am determined to continue that support.”       

The Minister concluded by saying that:

“Ireland, together with our EU partners, supports efforts to ensure the widest possible ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute establishing the Court and look forward to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute next year."