Friday, October 15, 2010

Moldova: Moldova becomes latest State party to International Criminal Court

UN - Moldova has become the latest country to ratify the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is tasked with trying people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The country ratified the 1998 Rome Statute on Tuesday, bringing the total number of States parties to 114. The treaty will enter into force for Moldova on 1 January 2011.

“The ICC applauds Moldova’s decision to join the international community’s efforts to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world,” the court, which is based in The Hague, said in a news release.

An independent, permanent court, the ICC was set up in 2002 after the number of ratifications passed 60 that year.

It is currently investigating events in five countries or regions: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan’s Darfur region, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Kenya. An individual State or the Security Council can refer cases to the court for investigation.