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Korean judge elected to head ICC

Dec 06,2017
Kwon O-gon
A Korean judge has been elected the head of the highest decision-making body of the International Criminal Court, the foreign ministry in Seoul said Tuesday.

Kwon O-gon, former vice president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), was chosen to lead the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties for three years, according to the ministry.

The Assembly of States Parties is the ICC’s highest decision-making body in charge of picking judges and prosecutors for the court, as well as managing and overseeing the organization.

The ministry quoted Kwon as saying in his speech after the election that human rights violations are still taking place all across the world. He promised to help strengthen international cooperation in tackling pending issues, the ministry added.