The International Criminal Court is the only permanent international judicial body to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Court is completely independent having been established by international treaty, the Rome Statute. And it can only prosecute crimes that occurred from 2002 onwards – the date of its establishment.
The ICC in 3 minutes
This video provides a basic introduction to the Court.
All peoples are united by common bonds.
Their cultures pieced together in a shared heritage.
But this delicate mosaic may be shattered at any time.
During this century, millions of children, women and men have been victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity.
Such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world.
We are determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes and to contribute to the prevention of such crimes.
Inspired by the preamble of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court.