The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court is complementary to that of the national state which means that even if crimes against humanity under the jurisdiction of the Court were committed, the Court can only intervene if the state has not engaged in genuine investigations and prosecutions of the alleged perpetrators of the crimes.

In order to count as genuine “the national investigation must cover the same individual and substantially the same conduct” as the crimes to be prosecuted before the Court.”

During the public hearing held by the OAS, several witnesses will present evidence to the panel of expert on the issue.

You can follow the hearings on the live feed (English and Spanish) on September 14 (10am to 12:30pm GMT-4) and September 15 (9am to 11:30am GMT-4).

More details on the witnesses and their testimonies will be posted on this page after the hearing.