Contributed by Usha Kulasegaran, Co-Deputy Chairperson, Bar Council Human Rights Committee
The Bar Council Human Rights Committee (“HRC”) commemorated the World Day for International Justice (“International Justice Day”) — held every 17 July — by hosting an international webinar with the Officers of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) on 3 July 2020, entitled “Human Rights Committee Webinar on World Day for International Justice
(3 July 2020)”.
The International Justice Day is observed all around the world, with the aim of promoting international criminal justice and to show support towards the ICC by commemorating the Rome Statute of the ICC, which had established four international crimes: crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression, war crimes, and genocide. It also brings together those in support of justice and the rights of victims.
17 July also marks the anniversary of the tragic Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17. MH-17 was shot down mid-flight, killing all 298 passengers on board. The aviation disaster occurred six years ago in 2014, near Graboro in the Donesk Region of Ukraine.
The panel of speakers for this webinar enlightened Members of the Bar on the workings and mechanisms of the ICC. They presented an informative video, provided their input as ICC Officers on the video, as well as answered the questions sent in by viewers.
Roger Chan, Chairperson of the HRC, delivered the Welcoming Address; Usha Kulasegaran, Deputy Co-Chairperson of HRC and member of the HRC-ICC Special Group, moderated.