ICC OTP’s Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes
Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda published the OTP’s long-awaited Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes (Policy Paper). The Policy Paper is based on the Draft Policy Paper which was published on 7 February 2014 and circulated for public comment. On 7 March 2014, Fatou Bensouda said that her office had received an “overwhelming public response” to the draft Policy Paper from entities which included States, international institutions, civil society, academia and individuals and experts around the world.
According to today’s press release, the OTP Policy Paper has been finalised on the basis of that input and following a process of extensive consultations and the gathering of input from staff in the Office and the Prosecutor’s Special Gender Advisor.
The OTP’s press release states that the Policy Paper is intended to guide the Office of the Prosecutor in its work in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote transparency and clarity, as well as predictability in the application of the legal framework of the Rome Statute to such crimes. In turn, the policy is stated to aim to contribute to ensuring not only the effective investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes, but also to enhancing access to justice for victims of these crimes, through the ICC.