(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 14, 2008, Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, the instrument that establishes the International Criminal Court, with that court in The Hague. It will enter into force for the country on June 1, 2008. On that date, there will be 106 nations that participate in the Court, an independent, permanent body designed to try persons accused of major crimes, such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
The Rome Statute was originally adopted in July 1998; Judge Philippe Kirsch, the President of the Court, has called on all countries to accede to the Statute and has described the Court as already having a positive impact by deterring crimes and improving the chances for sustainable peace. (Madagascar Ratifies Statute Establishing International Criminal Court, UN NEWS, Mar. 18, 2008, available from [email protected])