Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) met with Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar in regards to holding perpetrators of “atrocity crime” responsible and accountable.
A communique issued by the ICC said that detailed presentations were provided information into investigative steps or plans by the Afghan authorities and cleared the path for ICC to seek clarifications on a number of discussing issues, read the statement.
Both Fatou Bensouda and Hanif Atmar promised to work together.
“I have great admiration for the courage and resilience of the people of Afghanistan who have withstood tremendous adversity through decades of conflict and violence. They deserve tangible justice without delay”, Bensouda stated.
“I look forward to continuing our constructive exchanges with the Government of Afghanistan, which was exemplified by today’s discussions, as we work towards determining how justice may best be served through joint collaborative efforts with full commitment to our respective independent duties and responsibilities under the Rome Statute”, She mentioned.
Afghan Foreign Minister on his turn said “this was a historic and very constructive meeting. The Government of Afghanistan is grateful to the ICC Prosecutor for hosting our high-level delegation to address the investigation and prosecution of all international crimes in Afghanistan”.
Atmar added that “at this decisive moment for our country’s future, we have made encouraging progress in charting the way forward to ensure that no crimes will go unpunished. With our government’s unwavering commitment to human rights and justice, we are confident that with full cooperation with the Prosecutor, we can jointly advance the cause of justice for all of the victims of the long and devastating conflict”.
Afghanistan’s Attorney General Zabihullah Karimullah was also quoted in the statement saying, “Our meeting with the ICC Prosecutor was very useful for discussing the constructive ways in which we can cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor and for sharing information about the cases that Afghanistan is investigating and prosecuting at all levels. We look forward to continuing our positive exchanges and collaboration to guarantee that there will be no impunity for international crimes”.
In the meantime, ICC expressed commitment and admired the steps taken towards addressing accountability for atrocity crimes and securing justice for victims in Afghanistan.
ICC impartially and independently conducts preliminary assessments, investigation and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes and crime committed in aggression.
ICC since 2003, conducted investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Libya, Dote d’Ivoire, Mali, Georgia, Burundi, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Guinea, the Philippines, and Venezuela and has recently completed its preliminary examinations of the situations in Ukraine and Nigeria, the cases await authorization to proceed with detailed investigations.