International court workshop to be held [Archives:2004/705/Local News]

January 22 2004

The Commission of Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Yemeni Parliament and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen will hold a workshop on the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Yemeni Parliament,
To be held under the auspices of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussain Al-Ahmar, the speaker of the Parliament, the workshop will be Jan. 19 and 20.
An ICRC press release on 18 Jan. said that some 150 personalities will participate in the workshop, among them various government, judiciary and civil society officials.
Lectures of Arab and Yemeni experts will deal with:
-The main features of the ICC including the relationship between national justice and the court
-The crimes under the court's jurisdiction: Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
-The establishment and functioning of the court and the enforcement of its rulings
-The court's statute in relation to Yemeni legislation and constitution; obligations of ratifying states

Following discussions involving the Yemeni Parliament, the National Committee for the Implementating of International Humanitarian law (NCIHL) and the ICRC, the Council of Ministers issued in 2003 a decree for the ratification of the 1998 Rome Statue for the ICC.
The decree has been scheduled for debate in the Yemeni parliament.
The ICRC, present in Yemen since the civil war of 1962, runs a series of programs to promote the knowledge of International Humanitarian law, its integration into national law and its incorporation into teaching and training programs of schools, universities and the armed and police forces.
Since 1999, this is being done in full cooperation with the country's National Committee for the Implementation of IHL.
The opening ceremony of the workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. in the house of the Yemeni Parliament in Sana'a.