Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Ten years of the International Criminal Court

On Wednesday, 14 November 2012, an event will be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Ridderzaal (The Knights Hall) in The Hague (Netherlands), in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands

Ten years of the International Criminal Court

 On the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Assembly of States Parties and the President of the ICC, a large number of dignitaries, legal and diplomatic representatives of States and international, regional and civil society organisations will attend the event.

The International Criminal Court, which is based in The Hague, was established in 2002 as the permanent court for trying individuals suspected of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Since then, 121 States from across the world have joined.

The Assembly of States Parties Session will convene from 14 to 22 November 2012 in The Hague.

 On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, the Mayor of The Hague will host an event at the Municipality of The Hague which will include a performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater (Dutch Dance Company) commemorating victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 

Program November 14, 2012

 10:30 Arrival of the Queen

 10.35 Photo impression, 10 years ICC, with musical accompaniment by musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

 10.40 Opening of the Ceremony by Maria Henneman

 10.45 Video Message by Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Ban Ki-moon

 10.50 Speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Frans Timmermans

 11.00 Speech by President of the Assembly of States Parties H.E. Tina Intelmann 11.10 Music: Sonja Volten (vocals) and Abigail Richards (piano)

 11.20 Speech by former child soldier Kon Kelei

 11.30 Speech by ICC President H.E. Judge Sang-Hyun Song

 11.40 Flag Performance (Prayer between good and evil) by Hans van Rooij, with drummer Frank van Rooij and six students

 

Presentation of the flag of compassion to ICC President H.E. Judge Sang-Hyun Song

11.45 End

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People from affected communities in the Central African Republic attending ICC Outreach sessions to learn about the Court

Outreach session in a Darfuri refugee camp in eastern Chad. Through Outreach sessions, the Court engages with communities affected by crimes and provides information about the Court and its proceeding

Community members in the Central African Republic watching proceedings of the first days of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo