Moldova signs up to world criminal court

14th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Moldova has become the 114th country to recognise the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court by signing up to its founding Rome Statute, the court announced Thursday.

"The statute will enter info force for Moldova on January 1, 2011, bringing the total number of states parties to the Rome Statute to 114," it said in a statement.

"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 ICC, which started operating in The Hague in 2002, is the world's only independent, permanent tribunal with jurisdiction to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

© 2010 AFP

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