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Launch of the Office of the Prosecutor's Revised…

Launch of the Office of the Prosecutor's Revised Policy on Gender-based Crimes (ASP22 Side Event)

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Since taking office in 2021, the ICC Prosecutor has emphasised his deep commitment to strengthening the Office's investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes. The development, updating, and implementation of strong, clear policies is critical to success in this work.
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In December 2022, the Office launched its new Policy Paper on Gender Persecution. Subsequently, throughout 2023, the Office has conducted a review process to renew its 2014 Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-based Crimes ("SGBC Policy"). The renewed Policy clarifies fundamental principles, builds on new jurisprudence and lessons learned these past several years, and strengthens the Office's ability to take an intersectional, survivor-centered approach at every stage of its work.

The Policy review team was led by Prof. Kim Thuy Seelinger, guided by Deputy Prosecutor Nazhat Shameem Khan, and supported by the OTP's Gender and Children Unit. As part of the 2023 review process, the team engaged external experts from around the world, including through a global call for submissions and in-depth consultations with colleagues in different regions. This inclusive process greatly enriched the content of the updated Policy and helped ensure its global relevance.

The event will be held during the 22nd Session of the Assembly of States Parties at UN Headquarters in New York City. It is hosted by Canada, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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