St Lucia joins International Criminal Court

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By Caribbean News Now Staff

CASTRIES, St Lucia (GNC) — St Lucia on Thursday became the latest country to sign on to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Eastern Caribbean nation ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, becoming the 113th party to the ICC, the world’s first permanent court tasked with trying people accused of the most serious offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Other countries in the region that are party to the court include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

The ICC welcomed St Lucia’s decision calling it "a new sign of the international community’s commitment to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes that deeply shock the conscience of humanity."

A Jamaica Observer report stated that the Statute will enter into force on 1 November, for St Lucia, whose move comes just over a week after Seychelles ratified the pact.

The ICC is based in The Hague.

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