ICC - The Philippines becomes the 117th State to join the Rome Statute system

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From left to right in this photo: Her Excellency, Senator Loren Legarda, President of the Senatorial Committee of Foreign Affairs (Philippines); His Excellency, Mr Libran N. Cabactulan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines; Ms Arancha Hnojal, Legal Officer, Treaty Section, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs; Mr Andrei Kolomoets, Officer-in-Charge, Treaty Section, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs


On 30 August 2011, at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, the government of the Republic of the Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Statute will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 November 2011, bringing the total number of States that have joined the Rome Statute system to 117.

ICC President Sang-Hyun Song, who visited the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries in March to facilitate informed consultations regarding the ratification of the Rome Statute, applauded this move. Speaking from the seat of the Court in The Hague, he stated: “This act is yet another indication of Asia’s growing role in the international community’s efforts to put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to humanity. I send my heartfelt congratulations to all those in the Philippines who worked hard to make this day possible, and I hope that this historic decision will serve to dispel unfounded concerns about joining the ICC among other Asian nations”.

The ratification by the Philippines reaffirms the Southeast Asian region’s solid commitment to international criminal justice in general and, in particular, the ICC, which is the first permanent international court set up to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

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