Responsibility to Protect language was recently included in the final Omnibus Resolution of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the International Criminal Court. The R2PCS project attended the ASP, which was held in The Hague, on November 28 December 3, 2005. We are pleased that States Parties agreed to include this commitment as an instrument to strengthen the International Criminal Court and international justice in general. You will find the relevant language below.
Adopted at the 4th plenary meeting on 3 December 2005, by consensus
Strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties
The Assembly of States Parties,
Mindful that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, that the conscience of humanity continues to be deeply shocked by unimaginable atrocities in various parts of the world, and that the need to prevent the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, and to put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators of such crimes, is now widely acknowledged,
Convinced that the International Criminal Court is an essential means of promoting respect for international humanitarian law and human rights, thus contributing to freedom, security, justice and the rule of law as well as to the prevention of armed conflicts, the preservation of peace and the strengthening of international security and the advancement of post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation with a view to achieving sustainable peace, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations