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. The International Justice Program works to shape investigations, bring about arrest and cooperation, and advocate for effective justice mechanisms. 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. 

    The Undersigned Organizations have taken note of the possible extension of the shortlist of candidates for the next ICC prosecutor, as produced by the Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor (CEP). Our organizations are concerned regarding the deviation this represents from the Terms of Reference for the election of the prosecutor as adopted by the Bureau in April. We are writing to urge States Parties to ensure that the process focuses only on merit if additional individuals are considered, and ensures an equal assessment of all candidates and transparency of the deliberations.
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