On 26 April 2022, H.E. Mr. Šefik Džaferović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), where he was received by the President of the Court, Judge Piotr Hofmański, and ICC Deputy Prosecutors Mame Mandiaye Niang and Nazhat Shameem Khan.
On behalf of the ICC, President Piotr Hofmański thanked Mr Džaferović for honouring the Court with his visit and stated: “As the ICC faces a higher workload than ever before, the support and full cooperation of States is of crucial importance for the Court to be able to discharge its impartial and independent mandate effectively, and we are grateful to be able to count on Bosnia and Herzegovina in this respect.”
Chairman of the Presidency H.E. Šefik Džaferović said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina strongly supports the International Criminal Court. The full respect of International law is the only way to guarantee the lasting peace and security. All war criminals have to know that at the end of the day they will have to face the international justice.”
The visit of Chairman of the Presidency H.E. Šefik Džaferović to the ICC highlights Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to the Court and the joint efforts deployed in the fight against the impunity of the perpetrators of the most serious crimes that affect the international community as a whole.
Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Rome Statute on 17 July 2000 and deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute on 11 April 2002.