Registrar of International Criminal Court visits Hiroshima

by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer

On January 24, Peter Lewis, the Registrar of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), made his first visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward. The ICC, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for serious international crimes, including war crimes and genocide. After learning about the devastating consequences of the U.S. A-bomb attack, he pledged his efforts for building peace in the world.

Guided by Kenji Shiga, the director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Mr. Lewis toured the museum and looked closely at a computer graphics display that depicts the utter devastation to the city of Hiroshima as a result of the atomic bombing and a tricycle left behind by a small victim of the bombing. After that, he laid flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and listened to the experience of an A-bomb survivor.

Mr. Lewis told reporters that he felt moved and determined to do his duty and that the ICC must make efforts to help create a world of security and justice.

Mr. Lewis is from the United Kingdom. He served in such capacities as Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in England and Wales before assuming his current post in April 2018. The Registrar of the ICC is in charge of supervising its administration and finance. Mr. Lewis arrived in Japan on January 20, at the invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(Originally published on January 25, 2019) .