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ICC Chamber Orders Outreach To Palestinian Victims and Affected Communities

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14 July 2018

ICC Chamber Orders Outreach To Palestinian Victims and Affected Communities

On 13 July 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued a public decision ordering the Registry “to establish, as soon as practicable, a system of public information and outreach activities for the benefit of the victims and affected communities in the situation in Palestine.”[1] The Pre-Trial Chamber also ordered that the Registry “create an informative page on the Court’s website, especially directed to the victims of the situation of Palestine.”[2]

The decision by the Pre-Trial Chamber is not based on a decision by the Prosecutor of the Court to conclude her preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine and initiate a formal investigation. Indeed, such a decision has not yet been taken by the Prosecutor.

In issuing its decision, the Pre-Trial Chamber recalls the important role played by victims in Court proceedings, and refers to the obligation on the Court to permit the views and concerns of the victims to be presented as appropriate, including during the preliminary examination stage.  This requires that victims are provided with sufficient and accurate information about the Court’s role and activities.[3]

Finally, the Pre-Trial Chamber notes that “when and if the Prosecutor takes the decision to open an investigation, the Chamber will, in a second step, give further instructions to the Registry […]”[4]

Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights look forward to the meaningful implementation of the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber.

 

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[1] ICC Pre-Trial Chamber, Decision on Information and Outreach for the Victims of the Situation, Situation in Palestine, ICC-01/18, 13 July 2018, available at: https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2018_03690.PDF (Pre-Trial Decision), para. 14.

[2] Pre-Trial Decision, para. 18.

[3] Pre-Trial Decision, paras. 6-12.

[4] Pre-Trial Decision, para. 12.

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