Philippines joins International Criminal Court

30th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Philippes on Tuesday ratified the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, becoming the 117th country to recognise the world court's authority, the ICC said.

"The Statute will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 November 2011, bringing the total number of States that have joined the Rome Statute system to 117," said the statement from the Hague-based tribunal.

The ICC, which came into force in 2002, is the first permanent world court tasked with prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in cases where national courts are unable or willing to prosecute.

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