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President of the Assembly of the International Criminal Court Tiina Intelmann: we hope that Ukraine will join the Court in the near future

23.04.2014

On April 17 Ukraine lodged a declaration to the International Criminal Court, so that the Court can begin an investigation into the crimes which took place from November 21 of last year to February 22 of this year on its territory.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will now decide whether to ask the judges' consent to conduct the investigation in Ukraine.

According to the President of the Assembly of the International Criminal Court Tiina Intelmann, the Court has been created in order to ensure full protective potential of the Rome Statute and in order to prosecute people responsible, it is important for Ukraine to ratify the Rome Statute in the near future. "We hope that Ukraine will ratify the Rome Statute along with the amendments adopted in Kampala pertaining to crimes of aggression, thereby strengthening cooperation in the fight against atrocity crimes and the reduction of impunity," Intelmann said.

Ukraine signed the Rome Statute on January 20, 2000, but has not yet ratified the Statute.

With the declaration lodged in court yesterday, Ukraine seeks to accept the ICC's jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed on the state's territory between November 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. Ukraine lodged the declaration under article 12 (3) of the Rome Statute, which enables a State not party to the Statute to accept the exercise of jurisdiction of the Court.

Acceptance of the ICC’s jurisdiction does not automatically trigger an investigation. The ICC Prosecutor must first decide whether to request the judges’ authorisation to open an investigation.
If an investigation is opened, it will also be for the ICC Prosecutor to decide whether to ask the ICC judges to issue arrest warrants.

The International Criminal Court tries individuals accused of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. 122 countries have joined the Rome Statute, a treaty on which the ICC is based.


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