By Staff Writers
His Majesty King Letsie III this week visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials and was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the International Criminal Court’, ICC said in a statement on Monday.
The ICC is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands.
It investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.
The Court is participating in a global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again.
“The Kingdom of Lesotho, as an active participant in the drafting of the Rome Statute, as the first Southern African country to ratify the Rome Statute, and a staunch supporter of the ICC ever since, has made great contributions to international criminal justice to secure justice for the victims of the gravest international crimes,” ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji said in a statement on Monday.
Eboe-Osuji added that: “The Court is deeply appreciative of this important role played by Lesotho.”
The King’s visit highlighted Lesotho’s support 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.
Lesotho signed the Rome Statute on 30 November 1998 and ratified it on 6 September 2000. NW