At the end of October 2017, Amnesty International issued Initial Recommendations to the 16th Session of the Assembly of States Parties. Since then a number of issues identified in that paper appear to have been addressed, agreed upon, or deferred to next year’s session. However, important new issues have also emerged.
This updated short paper sets out Amnesty International’s three key recommendations going into the 16th session that it urges all states parties to consider and the Assembly to address.
Recommendation 1: The Assembly should adopt amendments to article 8 expressly defining the employment or use of certain weapons as war crimes.
Recommendation 2: The Assembly should maintain the contingency fund at a level of at least €7 million in 2018 and replenish it fully.
Recommendation 3: The Assembly should delete language in the draft ‘omnibus resolution’ that seeks to impose arbitrary budget restrictions on the ICC’s review of its legal aid systems.
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