Seychelles signs up to ICC

2010-08-11 21:48

The Hague - Seychelles has ratified the founding statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and will become its 112th member state on November 1, the tribunal announced on Wednesday.

"The court welcomes the Seychelles' decision to join the growing group of states determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes," the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC, the world's only independent, permanent tribunal to try genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, started operating in The Hague in 2002.

There are cases in five countries before the court currently, involving conflicts in Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

The court has issued warrants against 13 individuals, most notably for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.