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Amendments to Rule 165 of the International Criminal Court’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence must ensure fair trials and the rights of the accused

, Index number: IOR 53/4910/2016

In this paper, Amnesty International analyses provisional amendments drawn up by the International Criminal Court to simplify and expedite the prosecution and trial of offences against the administration of justice. Amnesty International recommends that the Assembly should consider reducing the number of judges in such proceedings, subject to certain safeguards to ensure the competence, independence and impartiality of the ICC. However, the Assembly should not adopt elements of the amendments that scale back on the important procedural protections of the rights of the accused, which should apply in all ICC cases.

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