Ireland to provide €1m for ICC security and witness relocation

Ireland to provide €1m for ICC security and witness relocation

The Irish government is to provide €1 million to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the purposes of improving security and protecting witnesses.

The voluntary contribution forms part of a €3 million sum pledged to the ICC in November 2023. The government previously explained how €1 million will support the Office of the Prosecutor, and will shortly announce how the remaining €1 million will be disbursed.

Ireland will contribute €500,000 to the ICC’s special fund for security, which was established last year to upgrade the court’s physical and cyber security infrastructure in the face of rising threats against the ICC and its staff and cyber attacks on the court itself.

Another €500,000 will be made available to the ICC’s special fund for relocations, which assists in protecting witnesses cooperating with the ICC by enabling states that are willing, but do not have the capacity at present, to enter into relocation agreements with the court. It helps these states to build local capacity to protect witnesses.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin said: “Ireland greatly values the vital role of the International Criminal Court in ending impunity for the world’s most heinous crimes.

“We fully recognise that in carrying out this role it is essential that all state parties to the Rome Statute support and defend it from threats and attacks against its staff and infrastructure and help protect victims and witnesses from intimidation.

“These contributions will help improve the security of the court and those who cooperate with it. This security is crucial for the successful conduct of the court’s investigations and prosecutions.”

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