Cape Verde ratifies Rome statute on ICC
The tiny Atlantic Ocean island state of Cape Verde has ratified the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, the court said Thursday in a statement.
"On 10 October 2011, the government of the Republic of Cape Verde deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations," it said.
The Portuguese-speaking African nation will become an effective party to the statute on January 1, 2012, bringing the number of members to 119.
The ICC was created through the adoption of its founding statute at a Rome conference in July 1998, and started operating in The Hague in 2002.
The ICC is the world's only independent, permanent tribunal with the jurisdiction to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
All cases opened by the court so far relate to crimes committed in Africa.
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