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Freedom is a right we must still fight for. Twenty years ago, the world was shaken by the mass execution of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during conflict in the former Yugoslavia. And the Rwandan genocide of 800,000 Tutsis in just three months, fuelled by ethnic tensions. The world demanded action on how we deal with war crimes.

Negotiators headed to Rome to create a treaty that would rewrite the way we deal with gross violations of human rights. These negotiations brought forward the historic Rome Statute. And created the International Criminal Court (ICC). This international body, based in the Netherlands, investigates and tries persons charged with the gravest crimes.

International Criminal Justice Day, held on 17 July, celebrates the coming into force of the treaty that created the court. And the steps forward our society has made in bringing criminals of the worst kind to justice. It is the world's court of last resort. On crimes against humanity, it is the last word in enforcing our society’s view of justice and morals.

We believe in personal freedoms. And justice. And the right to live a peaceful life - being comfortable and open about who you are. Learn more about International Criminal Justice Day’s global impact from the campaigners at Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/the-day-in-human-rights/2018/07/12

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