THE HAGUE, The Netherlands and KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song of South Korea, will begin an official visit to Southeast Asia on 5 March 2011. During his eight-day trip, he will be travelling to the Philippines (5-8 March), Malaysia (8-11 March) and Brunei (11-13 March).
The main purpose of President Song's visits is to raise awareness about the ICC and to facilitate informed consultations in countries that may be considering ratification of the Rome Statute. During his visits, he will hold meetings with state officials, members of the legal profession and other relevant actors.
While in Malaysia, President Song will also participate as a keynote speaker at the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Consultation on the universality of the Rome Statute of the ICC.
The ICC is an independent, permanent court that prosecutes persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It was established by an international treaty, the Rome Statute, which has 114 States Parties as of 1 January 2011.
To date, three States Parties to the Rome Statute - Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic - have self-referred situations occurring in their countries to the Court. The Security Council has referred the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the Prosecutor was granted authorisation by the Pre-Trial Chamber to open an investigation on his own initiative into the situation in Kenya.
On 26 February 2011, the United Nations Security Council for the first time unanimously decided to refer a situation - that of Libya - to the ICC Prosecutor. The Office of the Prosecutor has to now decide whether an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya since 15 February 2011 should be opened.
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Biography of President Song: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ICC/Structure+of+the+Court/Presidency/The+President/Judge+Sang_Hyun+SONG+_Republic+of+Korea__+President.htm
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