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Australia's contribution to the International Criminal Court.

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Media Release

13 May 2003

Joint Statement - Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Alexander Downer, and Attorney General, The Hon Daryl Williams

Australia's Contribution to the International Criminal Court

The Australian Government today announced it would provide $7.5 million for the first five years of operation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC has jurisdiction to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed after 1 July 2002. It is the first permanent institution capable of investigating and prosecuting those suspected of committing the most serious crimes of international concern. Australia has played a leading role in the negotiations to establish the ICC.

There is very strong international support for the ICC. Eighty nine States have ratified the Statute and 139 have signed.

The ICC is an important development in ensuring that those who commit the most egregious crimes are brought to justice. Australia will benefit greatly from taking part in shaping it.

Media inquiries: Carina Tan-Van Baren (Mr Williams) (02) 6277 7300, Chris Kenny (Mr Downer) (02) 6277 7500