Wednesday, July 1, 2009

And then there were 109: State Party Puzzler

Just in time for today's 7th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the ICC Treaty has acquired its 109th state party.
The milestone was reached Monday when Chile deposited its instrument of ratification.
No small feat for an institution that many international pundits thought would struggle to get the 60 joinders necessary to begin operations.
The news prompts today's State Party Puzzler:

What countries preceded Chile, and when did they become the ICC's 107th & 108th states parties?

1 comment:

Deborah said...

Indeed a great achievement, not only for the ICC system that since its inception has been under strong attack by big nations unwilling to cooperate in the creation of a rule-based system at the international level (read the USA, and Sudan!), but also a great achievement for Chile itself!
The ratification (that comes also with legislation that incorporates Rome Statute crimes in the national legal order) was a triumph for both the government and the government coalition of President Bachelet and left-wing parties, that for 11 years have been committed to this purpose, but also for the right wing parties that supported almost unanimously the 3 legislative acts that comprised this ratification (the aforesaid Crimes bill, a constitutional ammendement that recognised the jurisdiction of the ICC, and the ratification bill).
The example of Chile, as one with recent human rights violations in their history and strong ideological political divisions hopefully can encourage many other countries to find solutions to accomplish their joining the Rome Statute.