Today is World Day for International Justice. The day is observed across the globe on 17 July every year to mark an emerging modern system of justice against international criminal acts.
It marks the coming together of people from all walks of life to support the idea of justice, victims’ rights and most importantly ensuring no crime that jeopardises peace takes place. The day is also a reminder of the significance of social justice for the underprivileged and oppressed. It reminds states as well as civil society of the need for their commitment to the international justice system.
The reason behind observing such an occasion on this date is that the International Criminal Court (ICC) was formally established on July 17, following the adoption of the Rome Statute.
The theme for the celebration of this year’s World Day of International Justice is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.” While technology and social media have brought people from different parts of the world together, there are growing signs of inequalities too, considering those with access to the Internet and those without.
And the significance of access to digital resources has been visible throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The ones with access to the Internet, comparatively, have been able to handle the situation or at least have been able to address some issues, while the ones without digital resources struggled.
Technological developments over the last decade have helped human beings navigate the Covid-19 landscape. Employees are being able to work from home because of what the UN refers to as digital labour platforms, providing income-generating possibilities and advantages from flexible work arrangements.