Last Friday was the 11th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, which created the International Criminal Court, a tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands, that is responsible for trying those who commit crimes against humanity. The Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO) of the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with Manifesto 99, organized a symposium at the British Council Auditorium to commemorate the International Day of Justice. In his address, the chairman of the occasion and executive director of Manifesto 99, Mr. Abdul Rahim Kamara, said the ICC is the world’s first permanent international tribunal capable of trying those who are accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.In addition, he said the ICC is working relentlessly to ensure that war leaders and warlords are brought to justice if they act contrary to the Rome Statute. This has been reflected in the arrest of Charles Taylor of Liberia and the arrest warrant issued against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. He also said that Sierra Leone has played a tremendous role as a signatory to human rights treaties. Ambassador Kanu said that Sierra Leone’s role with the ICC could be put into three categories: sub-regional, regional and global. On the global perspective, he said Sierra Leone became obliged in 1808 when it became part of the British Crown Colony, signing amendments and treaties to respect human rights.