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Annual Round Table Meeting Held between ICC and NGOs

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During June 13-16, 2017, the annual strategic round table meetings took place between ICC and NGOs in Hague, Netherlands. The meetings touched upon the issues of cooperation between the NGOs and the ICC, as well as ongoing investigations and preliminary examinations in various countries.
The judges and chief prosecutor, representatives of Registry and Office of Prosecutor and other sections of ICC attended the meetings. As for the NGO sector, the representatives of local NGOs from member countries of Rome Statute and international human rights organizations attended the meetings.
The representatives of Open Society Georgia Foundation, Human Rights Center, Georgian Young Lawyers Association and Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims participated in the meetings from Georgia.
Georgian participants spoke about the ongoing investigation into the situation of Georgia regarding 2008 August conflict and the challenges related to the investigation. Special attention was drawn to the necessity of opening ICC field office in Georgia. The representatives of Georgian NGOs, as well as representatives of international human rights organizations called upon the Court to open the field office in Georgia during this year and carry out active outreach and awareness-raising activities in Georgia. 
The participation of Georgian NGOs in the round table meetings was financially supported by Open Society Georgia Foundation. 
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