Accountability for sexual violence is an aspect of our mandate — ICC President

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THE HAGUE – Accountability for sexual and gender-based violence and providing victims of such crimes is an integral aspect of the mandate of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Silvia- Fernandez’de Gurmendi, ICC President, made the statement on Thursday at a roundtable meeting between the Court’s and the UN Representative for Sexual Violence Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura.

“I am truly delighted for this opportunity to discuss the many synergies between the important work conducted by Ms. Bangura and her office on the one hand and the ICC on the other hand,” she said.

Gurmendi said that ending sexual violence was an important objective for the global community.

She said ICC was committed to working with the United and other relevant actors to put an end to sexual and gender-based violence.

In her remark, Bangura described the ICC as `a vital tool in the fight against sexual violence.’

She stressed the need for her office to engage with the Court to discuss the challenges confronting both parties.

“This includes victims, witness protection, and reparations.
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“I am grateful for the President of the Court’s invitation and for the judges strong engagement in the roundtable discussion,’’ she said.

Bangura also met with officials of the ICC prosecutor’s office, as well as the Trust Fund for victims associated with the ICC.

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