12.11.15: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issues her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015)
Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015). The report provides an overview of her Office's preliminary examination activities conducted between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2015 in relation to nine situations that were under consideration for possible investigation.
During the reporting period, the Office of the Prosecutor ("OTP" or "Office") completed two preliminary examinations - specifically, those in relation to the situations in Honduras and Georgia. Subject to authorisation from the Pre-Trial Chamber seized, the situation in Georgia will proceed to investigation. Seven situations remain under on-going examination (Afghanistan, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Palestine, Nigeria and Ukraine). Of these, during the reporting period, one new preliminary examination was opened (Palestine), and another was extended to include alleged crimes previously falling outside the Court's jurisdiction following a second declaration lodged pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute (Ukraine).
The report provides a summary of the current status of each situation under preliminary examination, including the Office's current analyses with regard to issues of jurisdiction and admissibility, as well as the activities carried out by the OTP in 2015 in order to further this work.