• Human Rights Watch considers international justice—accountability for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity—to be an essential element of building respect for human rights. We actively engage with the work of the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals as well as the efforts of national courts, including in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bosnia, to bring perpetrators of the worst crimes to justice. Human Rights Watch also supports the efforts of national courts to use their domestic laws to try those charged with serious crimes in violation of international law, regardless of where the crimes occurred.

  • Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda briefs the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya on May 13, 2014.

    United Nations Security Council members should use the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s briefing on her Libya investigation on November 11, 2014, to express concern about the country’s deteriorating situation. Security Council members should underline the ICC’s ongoing jurisdiction to investigate grave abuses being committed by all sides.



International Justice

  • Dec 17, 2014
    African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, African and international organizations present at the session said. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa’s relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates.
  • Dec 17, 2014

    The ICC continues to face challenges in its ability to function independently and effectively as a result of decisions by the African Union and initiatives by the government of Kenya. The ICC is not a perfect institution, but it remains a crucial court of last resort in addressing international crimes. 

  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Dec 16, 2014
    Kosovo’s newly formed parliament should promptly enact the legislative and constitutional changes required for the special court on post-war atrocity crimes to function.
  • Dec 12, 2014
    Ongoing impunity for serious crimes committed during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has undermined the trust needed to bring about a durable, just peace. But a move by Palestine or Israel to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) could ensure access to international justice for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity on both sides.
  • Dec 11, 2014
    Ivorian authorities should promptly surrender Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC judges ruled on December 11, 2014, that the court had the authority to hear the case against her. The ICC has charged Simone Gbagbo with four counts of crimes against humanity in relation to the deadly violence that followed Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election.
  • Dec 10, 2014

    South Sudan should make an unequivocal commitment to justice for serious crimes committed during the brutal war that began a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should acknowledge that a purely domestic effort will not assure fair, credible trials given major deficiencies within the national courts.

  • Dec 10, 2014
  • Dec 8, 2014
    Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should ensure the court has the political backing and resources to fully and fairly provide justice for the worst international crimes. The court’s 122 member countries are expected to take part in the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties, which begins on December 8, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
  • Dec 5, 2014
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) action to drop charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya sets back efforts to end the country’s entrenched culture of impunity.