On Monday 20 November, The King and Queen attended the presentation of the Stockholm Human Rights Award 2017. This year's award was presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a ceremony at the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall in Stockholm.
The Stockholm Human Rights Award is presented each year by the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Legal Assistance Consortium to an individual or an organisation who has worked to promote international justice and to reinforce respect in human rights.
During the ceremony at the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall in Stockholm, The King presented the Stockholm Human Rights Award 2017 to the International Criminal Court (ICC). President of the ICC Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi accepted the award.
The ICC is based in The Hague. It is the only permanent international criminal court at this level, and has a mandate to combat impunity for the most serious crimes relating to the international community, with full respect for the rights of those who are suspected and indicted within a legal process. The court was established when the Rome Statute – the legal basis for the ICC's existence – entered into force on 1 July 2002 having been ratified by 60 nations. Since then, the number of nations that are party to the convention has more than doubled to 124.
The ICC strives to combat impunity for the most serious crimes that threaten the peace of the world, security and welfare in accordance with the Rome Statute, and plays a key role in promoting values relating to the rule of law and legal rights within the world.