International Criminal Court Cases in Africa: Status and Policy Issues

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has, to date, opened cases exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Statute of the ICC, also known as the Rome Statute, entered into force on July 1, 2002, and established a permanent, independent Court to investigate and bring to justice individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. As of October 2010, 114 countries-including 31 African countries, the largest regional block-were parties to the Statute. The United States is not a party. This report provides background on current ICC cases and examines issues raised by the ICC's actions in Africa.

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Location(s): Africa
Creation Date: March 7, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Arieff, Alexis

Analyst in African Affairs

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Margesson, Rhoda

Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy

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Browne, Marjorie Ann

Specialist in International Relations

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Weed, Matthew C.

Analyst in Foreign Policy Legislation

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: March 7, 2011
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Africa
Description:

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has, to date, opened cases exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Statute of the ICC, also known as the Rome Statute, entered into force on July 1, 2002, and established a permanent, independent Court to investigate and bring to justice individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. As of October 2010, 114 countries-including 31 African countries, the largest regional block-were parties to the Statute. The United States is not a party. This report provides background on current ICC cases and examines issues raised by the ICC's actions in Africa.

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30 pages.

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