Rt Hon Sir Kenneth Keith new member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [09/12/2005]
The members of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission and its Secretariat, would like to warmly congratulate Sir Kenneth Keith on his brilliant election as a member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After having been part of the New Zealand legal team that took cases before the ICJ, along with Australia, to challenge the legality of (French) nuclear tests in the Pacific, he has now been elevated to become the first New Zealander judge at the world's pre-eminent international court. It is an inestimable honour for the IHFFC to see its President called to take in such a high and prestige position. The members and the Secretariat of the Commission wishes Sir Kenneth Keith all the very best in The Hague.
· 31 August 2004
Japan recognises the competence of the IHFFC [31/08/2004]
Japan has deposited the Instrument of Accession to both of the Protocols Additional of 8 June 1977 to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of the Victims of International and Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I and II). Japan has as well deposited the declaration relating to its recognition of the competence of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, based on Article 90 of Protocol I. Both Instruments of Accession and the Declaration were deposited with the Swiss Federal Council, in its capacity as depository of the Protocols, on 31 August 2004. The Protocols will enter into force for Japan six months after the deposit of the instruments of accession, i.e. on 28 February 2005.
Japan will be the 68th State to have accepted the Competence of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.
· 01 June 2004
Burkina Faso recognises the competence of the IHFFC [01/06/2004]
On 24 May 2004, the Government of Burkina Faso recognised the competence of the IHFFC, becoming the 67th State to do so. Burkina Faso is the 11th African State Party of the IHFFC after Algeria, Togo, Seychelles, Rwanda, Madagascar, Guinea, Namibia, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mali.
The Commission invites all other African States to do the same on the basis of the UN resolution and the resolutions of the 27th and 28th Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in which States are invited to recognise the competence of the IHFFC.
· 18 April 2004
The Republic of Korea recognises the competence of the IHFFC [18/04/2004]
On 16 April 2004, the Government of the Republic of Korea recognised the competence of the IHFFC. The Republic of Korea is the 66th State to have done so.
· 21 February 2004
Promotional mission by the IHFFC to central and east Africa [21/02/2004]
A delegation of the IHFFC, including Dr. Ghalib Djiliali, 1st Vice-President, and Ambassador Juan Antonio Ya˝ez Barnuevo, 2nd Vice-President, accompanied by a member of the Secretariat, Mr Daniel Derzic, have undertaken a promotional mission to Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal.
In all four countries, the delegation held very constructive meetings with high-ranking government officials as well as with the Presidents or Vice-Presidents of the National Red Cross Societies and members of civil society active in this area. The delegation took pains to point out that of the 66 countries world-wide to have recognised the competence of the Commission only 10 are African, and that Africa is represented in the Commission by only one member. In view of this situation, it invited these States to recognise the competence of the Commission as soon as possible.