21 February 2005 by -

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told members of the Security Council on 16 February that: «The Commission *of Enquiry+ has recommended referring those responsible for the Darfur situation [in Sudan] to the International Criminal Court (ICC),» arguing that it is vital «the crimes are not left unpunished.» The Commission\'s report «demonstrates beyond all doubt that the last two years have been little short of hell on earth for our fellow human beings in Darfur.

14 December 2010 by -

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week accused two Sudanese rebels of executing an attack in 2007 on African Union peacekeepers (AMIS) that killed 12 and wounded eight others in the Darfur village of Haskanita. The hearing is to determine whether rebel leaders Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus - who waived their right to appear in court - should stand trial for the deaths. 

13 June 2005 by -

A spokesman for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on 6 June that "the decision to launch an investigation [into Darfur] came after the ICC had finished its analysis of the referral by the UN Security Council". The ICC thus begins its third investigation, after the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, which started in June and July 2004 respectively. The announcement was warmly welcomed by the main rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), which pledged its full cooperation with the court.

19 December 2005 by -

After having implemented most of the budget reduction measures suggested by the Budget and Finances committee, the States Parties to the ICC have reduced the 2006 budget increase to under 20% and kept the budget under 80 million euros. The court had proposed a 23% budget increase for a total of 82.46 million euros.

16 September 2009 by -

Arrested in May 2008, former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice President and war crimes suspect Jean-Pierre Bemba is still being held at the International Criminal Court (ICC), despite a decision of provisional release taken by the court last month.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo appealed the ruling and on September 3rd, the Appeals Chamber decided to suspend the implementation of Bemba’s interim release until it reaches a final decision.

09 May 2005 by -

Each time it gets the opportunity, Sudan restates its opposition to the referral of the Darfur situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC). On 22 April, in Jakarta, the Sudanese minister for foreign affairs told the news agency AP: " The Sudanese judiciary is, and has always been, willing and capable of assuming its responsibilities. The government has brought before the courts persons involved in violations of human rights. Scores of such persons have already been arrested and tried."

07 February 2005 by -

On 24 January the UN publishes its investigative report into crimes commited in Darfur (Sudan). It is predicted that the report will recommend that the Security Council request the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take up the case. After opening investigations in Uganda and Congo, prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo received a letter from President Bozizé on 21 December asking him to investigate crimes committed «anywhere on the territory of the Central African Republic». On 7 January, Ocampo announced that he will be opening preliminary investigations.

14 March 2005 by -

Article 75
Reparations to victims

1. The Court shall establish principles relating to reparations to, or in respect of,
victims, including restitution, compensation and rehabilitation. On this basis, in its decision the Court may, either upon request or on its own motion in
exceptional circumstances, determine the scope and extent of any damage, loss and injury to, or in respect of, victims and will state the principles on
which it is acting.

23 May 2005 by -

The Cambodian parliament has unanimously adopted an agreement with the United States to prevent US citizens from being extradited to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The vote came on the first day of a visit, on 18 and 19 May, by US war crimes ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper. The ambassador was heading a delegation to discuss the creation of extraordinary chambers to try the Khmer Rouge. On 2 May, the White House announced that it had signed with Angola its hundredth "bilateral immunity agreement" protecting its citizens from prosecution by the ICC.