Tunisia joins international war crimes court

June 25, 2011 04:54

UNITED NATIONS - Tunisia, whose demonstrations inspired the so-called 'Arab Spring' uprisings across the region, on Friday became the first North African state to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Tunisia is the 116th country to sign the Rome Statute, which established the world's first permanent war crimes court in The Hague. Having signed the necessary documents to join the ICC, Tunisia will become a party to the treaty on September 1, which will subject it to the court's jurisdiction.

"The ICC welcomes Tunisia's accession as a decision to join the international community's efforts to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern -- genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression," the ICC said on its website.

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