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Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)

Profile

Country/TerritoryNetherlandsUnited States
Websitewww.iccnow.org/
Founded1995
In their own words“a global network of civil society organizations in 150 countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC; ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”

Funding

Activities

  • Headquartered in New York and the Hague, with regional offices in Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, and the Philippines.
  • Program of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, which aims to “develop ever stronger international and global institutions of law, justice, social and human rights protection, of conflict prevention and peace enforcement.”
  • [W]orks with all aspects of the Court, as well as with the broader network of governments, the United Nations, and other institutions involved in the international justice system. Through this committed global partnership, the Coalition’s guiding mission is to make justice universally accessible for victims of the gravest crimes in an effort to secure lasting peace.”
  • Members of the Steering Committee, which “provide policy and program coherence for the Coalition’s efforts and activities,” include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), all of which are involved in political and legal warfare campaigns against Israel, including the exploitation of the concept of universal jurisdiction.
  • The CICC does not provide a complete list of member organizations, but known members  include some of the most highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, such as Al Haq, Al Dameer, and Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI).
  • Al Haq is a leader of anti-Israel BDS and “lawfare” campaigns, exploiting courts in democratic countries in order to harass Israeli officials with civil lawsuits and criminal investigations; Al Dameer refers to terrorists as “martyrs” and promotes the Palestinian “right to resist.”

Political Advocacy

  • CICC played an integral part in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, as well as securing extensive power for NGOs within the ICC framework.
    • A number of these NGOs regularly contribute to the international demonization and delegitimization of Israel and do not possess the requisite research methodology or military or legal expertise to make informed and reliable decisions.
  • Together with Amnesty International, Broederlijk Delen, Christian Aid, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and Pax Christi Flanders, CICC issued a January 8, 2015 statement claiming that, “Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a welcome move that will help deter war crimes and end impunity in the region, and should be supported by European countries.” The statement continues to assert that “The groups urge all actors, including Israel and the US to halt or rescind any retaliation measures against Palestine…”
  • Published a factsheet, titled “Palestine Joins the International Criminal Court,” stating “Israel should end its attempts to undermine the Court’s ability to function, take steps towards accepting ICC jurisdiction, and investigate allegations of the gravest crimes as set out in the Rome Statute and, if necessary, prosecute those responsible.”
  • Links to documents published by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), and other highly biased and politicized NGOs that regularly demonize Israel. One such document, published by PCHR on June 22, 2015, calls on the UK to “Seek out and prosecute visiting war crimes suspect Shaul Mofaz.”
  • PCHR is a leader of anti-Israel lawfare campaigns and has tried to have Israelis arrested in England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and New Zealand. The group has also filed for punitive damages against Israeli officials and companies doing business with Israel in the U.S.
  • Advisory Board includes:
Board MemberBackground
Justice Richard GoldstoneOversaw the discredited 2009 UN report bearing his name
Koffi AnnanChairman of the Coalition; Former UN Secretary General
Honorable Louise ArbourRecipient of the "Prize in International Justice and Human Rights" along with Justice Richard Goldstone; "welcomed" Article 2(3) of the Arab Charter of Human Rights, which equates Zionism to racism. 
Hina Jilani Member of the UN Fact Finding Mission in the 2009 Gaza Conflict, chaired by Goldstone. 
Dr. Sigrid RausingEmeritus member of the international board of Human Rights Watch (HRW); established the Sigrid Rausing Trust, which funds a number of highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict. 
Prince Zeif Al-Hussein of Jordan UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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