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Moldova: International Criminal Court Treaty Signed

(Oct. 15, 2010) On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, 2011. The ICC, which has been in operation since 2002, tries persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. (Moldova Becomes Latest State Party to International Criminal Court, UN NEWS CENTRE (Oct. 14, 2010),

A news release on the event from the ICC headquarters in Geneva states, “[t]he 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.” (Press Release, ICC, Moldova Becomes the 114th State to Ratify the Rome Statute (Oct. 14, 2010)
.) At present, there are ICC investigations of crimes in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. (UN NEWS CENTRE, supra.)