New York, 18 July 2022 (TDI): Michal Mlynar, Slovakia’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN delivered a speech on International Justice Day. He mentioned the full support of Slovakia for the International Criminal Court (ICC).

International Justice Day falls on 17 July and commemorates the fight for justice for all people and against impunity. Therefore, many countries have joined the Rome Statute system.

This makes it possible for people who have committed numerous crimes in past to be answerable. Before this, they would not answer anyone.

The ICC calls on all countries to join in the fight against impunity. This will ensure that criminals are held accountable and punished accordingly. This will make sure that there are no future crimes.

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Slovakia’s contribution to ICC

Slovakia made its first voluntary contribution of 15,000 euros to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the ICC at the end of 2018.

Slovakia worked with 30 other countries to offer financial assistance to TVF. The TVF implements reparation awards and aid to victims of ICC crimes.

TVF was founded in 2002 under the Rome Statute with the aim to support and provide aid for the victims of crimes such as genocide, war crimes, and many other international crimes.

International Criminal Court (ICC)

The ICC is the court that investigates and also tries people charged with the cruelest crimes against the international community. Crimes against the international community include genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and also crimes of aggression.

The court is also working towards ending impunity. The court, therefore, seeks the help and support of many countries. While, the Rome Statute governs the ICC and the court’s headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands.

International Criminal Court
ICC headquarters are based in the Hague, Netherlands

The court has over 900 staff from about 100 countries and it has six official languages. These include English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

However, English and French are the two working languages. So far, the court has dealt with 31 cases and issued 37 arrest warrants.