While there was an agreement to establish the International Criminal Court in 1998, the court has yet to come into existence.
In 1998 the members of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a treaty authorizing a permanent international court for war crimes. The United States, China, and five other nations opposed the treaty, and 21 nations abstained. The court, to be called the International Criminal Court and to be located at The Hague, will prosecute war crimes, genocide, crimes of aggression, and crimes against humanity. The treaty had been signed by 92 nations by 1999; 60 of the signatories must ratify the treaty for the court to be established.
- Bringing cases against individuals for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
- Increasing state responsibility for infringements on human rights.
- Contributing to an international order that demands respect for human rights.
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International Criminal Court