UN chief opens new building for under-fire ICC

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The NetherlandsUN chief Ban Ki-moon Tuesday made a powerful plea for nations everywhere to end impunity for the world’s worst crimes, as he officially opened the new premises of the International Criminal Court. The first permanent headquarters for the ICC, situated on the edge of the sand dunes in The Hague, was “a milestone in global efforts to uphold human rights and the rule of law,” Ban Ki-Moon said. “When civilians are indiscriminately bombed, when rape is used as a weapon of war, when populations are targeted based on ethnicity or faith, when children are forced to carry guns and fight, people can now legitimately expect that the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” Ban said.

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