Jul 22
2:18 PM

110 Countries Are Now Parties to the International Criminal Court

The Czech Republic is the latest country to join the International Criminal Court.  The government of the Czech Republic deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute yesterday. When the statute enters into force on October 1, 2009, the Czech Republic will become the 110th nation to become a State Party to the ICC. All 27 European Union members are now States Parties.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent international tribunal established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  The court came into being on July 1, 2002 and officially sits The Hague, Netherlands, but its proceedings may take place anywhere.

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