The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in the Italian capital ten years ago today (17 July). For the first time ever, the international community agreed to create an independent permanent international court, with, according to the preamble of the Statute, "jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole." Germany ensured that the offences contained in the Rome Statute could also be prosecuted by the German courts by enacting the Code of Crimes Against International Law in 2002.
The ICC is currently investigating situations in four countries where serious human rights violations are suspected, and is preparing its first cases. The 106 States Parties are obliged to support it in this work. The success of the ICC depends in part on cooperation with its States Parties.
Germany is a staunch supporter of the Rome Statute and has from the outset been committed to an independent, impartial and effective International Criminal Court. Germany calls on all states that have not yet done so to ratify the Rome Statute and cooperate with the ICC.