Bangladesh has been elected as a Member of the Bureau of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today at the 17th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute being held in The Hague on 5-12 December 2018. The States Parties to the Rome Statute unanimously elected Bangladesh as a Member of the Bureau for the next two years (2019-20).Bangladesh will be serving in the Bureau for the first time since our joining the ICC in 2010.
The Bureau of the ICC is the apex consultative body and is comprised of 21members out of 123 State parties. Bangladesh will represent Asia-Pacific region in the Bureau along with South Korea and Japan. All major decisions like adoption of budget, administrative decisions like election of Judges, Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor etc are made in the Bureau.
The States Parties’ unanimously electing Bangladesh as a Member of the Bureau reflects international community’s trust and confidence on Bangladesh’s unwavering commitment to the Rome Statute.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal is leading Bangladesh delegation to the ICC ASP. The Assembly of States Parties is the Court’s management oversight and legislative body and is composed of representatives of the States which have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute.