Maldives to join world war crimes court club
The tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives is to become the 118th state party to the International Criminal Court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, the court said Thursday.
"The Statute will enter into force for Maldives on 1 December 2011, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute to 118," the Hague-based court said in a statement.
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.
To date, 117 countries have signed up, 31 of them from Africa -- the largest group.
The ICC is the world's only independent, permanent tribunal with the jurisdiction to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
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