Bangladesh ratifies ICC Rome Statute 24 Mar 2010
Bangladesh has become the first state from the South Asian sub-region to ratify the ICC Rome Statute.

On 23 March 2010 Bangladesh ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, making it the first South Asian state to do so, and bringing the tally of states parties to 111. Recent ratifications include the Czech Republic, which joined the Court on 1 October 2009, and Chile on 1 September 2009.

ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, noted that “By ratifying the Rome Statute, Bangladesh will become the first State Party in South Asia. I applaud its decision to join the growing commitment of states to end impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”

Bangladesh signed the Rome Statute on July 17, 1998. Ratification of the statute is the culmination of over a decade of international and domestic civil society promotion. Bangladesh's upcoming 1971 war crimes trials will be held under its recently amended International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC will only have jurisdiction with respect to crimes committed after its date of entry into force, which was 1 July 2002.

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