In 2017 the International Criminal Court (ICC) was awarded the Stockholm Human Rights Award for its fight against impunity for atrocity crimes that threaten the peace, security and well- being of the world in accordance with the Rome Statute and for the critical role it plays in fostering the Rule of Law internationally.
The Swedish Bar Association, The International Bar Association (IBA) and ILAC are the three bodies which decide upon the recipient of this award every year.
The ICC President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel – accepted the Award on behalf of the ICC from His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.
In June 2020 the USA Government under the Presidency of Donald Trump, issued an Executive Order authorising the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, to block financial assets within the US jurisdiction of ICC personnel, and suspend ICC staff, or any persons found to be cooperating with the institution, entry into the country. Visa sanctions have also been extended to the officials’ immediate family members. This Executive Order is regarded as a response to investigations by the ICC Prosecutor that could potentially implicate the US and its allies, such as Israel for the commission of war crimes, notwithstanding the fact that neither the USA nor Israel are signatories to the Treaty of Rome which set up the ICC.
A number of ILAC members have protested against the issuance of these orders as a gross misuse of an otherwise effective instrument against unlawful activities.
The following represent a sample of those statements and protests and given the change of government within the USA since these Executive Orders were issued, ILAC urges the new USA administration to have regard to these well formulated and considered arguments in order to review the issuance of these orders with a view to rescission:
 List of recipients of SHRA:
2019: David Miliband and International Rescue Committee
2018: Judge Thomas Buergenthal
2017: International Criminal Court
2016 President Mary Robinson
2015 Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein
2013 Professor Cherif Baissouni
2012 Thomas Hammarberg and the European Roma Rights Centre
2011 George Soros and Aryeh Neier
2010 Navanethem “Navi” Pillay
2009 Judge Richard Goldstone