UN chief urges support for "a robust" international criminal justice system

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to support and strengthen a robust system of international criminal justice.

Mr. Ban spoke in the General Assembly on Wednesday as it began a debate on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation.

He said it can be difficult to know just when a society has sufficiently looked at the roots of conflict and addressed the peoples' grievances.

Mr. Ban told the General Assembly that too often, even after considerable time and effort to end conflict, feelings can still be raw and tension can still erupt at seemingly slight provocations.

"We cannot expect to gain our goals of peace, development and respect for human rights without promoting and supporting a robust system of international criminal justice. I call on everyone in this room and our partners around the world to join together to support and strengthen this system. That is our shared responsibility. It is our common interest." (25")

The Secretary-General said that tribunals and courts have been set up to ensure accountability for the crimes perpetrated during conflicts.

He said supporting these instruments of justice "means respecting — and not calling into question — their independence, impartiality and integrity."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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