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Informal Daily Summary from the ASP: Saturday, 21 November 2009
21 Nov 2009
ASP 8 -- DAY 4: INFORMAL SUMMARY
I. PLENARY SESSION
On 21 November 2009, from 10 to 12 a.m., the Working Group on the Review Conference held discussions, chaired by Stella K. Orina (Kenya). States Parties presented their views on the amendments to be discussed at the 2010 Kampala Review Conference, including on article 124 of the Rome Statute.
Read the Coalition's Team paper on the issue at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/CICC_Review_Conference_Team_Paper_ASP_8.pdf
>From 12 to 1 p.m., informal consultations on cooperation were chaired by Ambassador Yves Haesendonck (Belgium) in his capacity as Focal Point. The draft resolution on cooperation formed the basis of discussions, including the appointment of a facilitator. The UK delegation proposed additional language providing for a mandate to ôexplore whether a standing mechanism in the ASP should be established for the purposes of Article 112(2)(f) of the Rome Statute.
For more information on the issue, see the CICC Team cooperation's paper at http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/CICC_Cooperation_Team_Paper_ASP_8_(2).pdf as well as the CICC Team paper on ASP structures at: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/documents/CICC_ASP_Structures_Team_Paper_ASP_8.pdf
In the afternoon, the Working Group on the Budget met and touched upon the issues of legal aid, the establishment of an ICC/AU Liaison Office in Addis-Ababa and family visits to indigent detainees.
Discussions resumed within the Working Group on the Review Conference from 4 to 6 pm. The session focused on the proposals submitted by Belgium, Mexico and The Netherlands to establish new crimes within the Rome Statute, respectively relating to the use of landmines, biological or chemical weapons, the use of nuclear weapons, and the crime of terrorism.
II. SIDE EVENTS
In the morning, the CICC hosted a regional meeting for CICC NGO members of the European region to address senior official of their governments on ICC-related matters in their respective states.
Informal consultations on General Temporary Assistant (GTA) positions were hosted by the Facilitator on Budget, Ambassador Urbina.
A meeting of NGOs on universal jurisdiction was organized by Amnesty International and FIDH. Fore more information on universal jurisdiction, see: http://www.amnesty.org/en/international-justice/issues/universal-jurisdiction
A lunch meeting was organized by the CICC with African Governments and NGOs, including with the Justice Minister of Central African Republic. Issues raised included the 2010 Kampala Review Conference, ratification and implementation and the latest AU Summit.
In parallel, a CICC lunch meeting was organized with Governments and NGOs of the Latin American region to discuss, among other issues, campaigns and strategies for ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute in the region and the 2010 Review Conference.