Total ratifications now stands at 39 of the 60 required for implementation

UNITED NATIONS, September 28, 2001 ( – A United Nations press briefing announced yesterday that Nigeria deposited its instruments of ratification for several important treaties including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Nigeria’s ratification of the Rome Statute means that the International Criminal Court now has 39 ratifications, out of the 60 it needs before the Statute comes into force. Once in force, the ICC will assume universal jurisdiction, even over countries that have refused to sign on to it.

LifeSite reported September 24, at the launch of the ICC prep commission that Peru, Poland, Mexico and Switzerland announced their intentions to very soon deposit their ratifications. ICC proponents expect the total number of ratification to be received before next summer and have prepared for the court to be functioning by then.

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