International Criminal Justice Day today

The International Criminal Justice Day will be celebrated today in the country as elsewhere across the world.

International Justice Day, or International Criminal Justice Day, has been observed every year on July 17 since 1998, marking the day on which the international community adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This day gives victims power. They can finally stand up for themselves against crimes that have been done unto them. International Justice is strengthening every day and people need to be made well aware of that. This day helps victims fight against crimes pertaining to war, humanity and genocide.

This day is observed on 17 July because it is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome statue in 1998. It is the date of the adoption of the treaty that created the International Criminal Court. Since that great day on 1998, about 139 countries have signed the Court’s treaty and nearly 80 states, representative of every region of the world have ratified it.

Significance of World Day for International Justice:

This day is celebrated to make people aware of the need for justice to those who have been wronged. It also highlights important serious issues. It also helps people gain courage to speak out about crimes that have been done unto them and it warns perpetrators about the consequences they shall face if they commit any crimes.

Bangladesh : Joint Statement for International Justice Day

Bangladesh signed the Rome Statute in September 1999, and ratified it in March 2010 after a prolonged campaign carried out by Odhikar with the collaboration of the CICC and FIDH. Odhikar was very active in campaigning and lobbying with the government for the ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC since 2002. As part of this campaign, Odhikar facilitated the visit of the then ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, to Bangladesh in December 2009, which had a positive impact in the ICC ratification process.

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