NPWJ and WIGJ submission on the ICC Office of the Prosecutor draft Policy on Cultural Heritage

6 Apr, 2021 | Press Releases

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) welcomes the consultations undertaken by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Crimimal Court (ICC) on the Draft Policy on Cultural heritage and the opportunity to provide written comments. We have participated in consultations on other draft OTP policies and continue to believe such consultations are important not just in terms of the content of submissions the OTP may receive, but also in terms of a concrete expression of the OTP’s commitment to transparency and cooperation, including with civil society.

NPWJ and WIGJ Submission on the Draft OTP Policy on Cultural Heritage is divided into three parts. The first part concerns elements of the draft that NPWJ particularly welcomes and supports (“Positive elements”). This part highlights those elements and concepts that NPWJ believes should be retained and for which reasons. The second part concerns elements of the draft that NPWJ believes could usefully be clarified, amended or expanded (“Suggestions on specific elements”). This part focuses both on language and concepts, including some aspects that may seem less significant, but which could cause confusion. The third part concerns elements that NPWJ believes should be included in the draft policy that are currently absent (“Suggestions for additions”). This part contains specific recommendations and the reasoning behind the suggestions.

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