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The Caribbean region has historically been a critical contributor in the development of the ICC. In 1989, Trinidad and Tobago, led by then Prime Minister Arthur N.R. Robinson, submitted to the 44th General Assembly a new agenda item for consideration of the establishment of an ICC. By the end of that year, and with the support of a number of other countries including all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states, a motion was piloted through the UN system which resulted in the adoption of a resolution by consensus calling for the creation of an International Criminal Court. This intervention and support from the region paved the way to the Rome Statute’s adoption in 1998

To date, more than half of all Caribbean nations – including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago – have ratified the Rome Statute. In February 2006, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the Caribbean to enact ICC Implementing legislation, therefore fulfilling its emergent obligations under the Rome Statute. Grenada became the latest country in the region to join the ICC by acceding to the treaty on 19 May 2011.

Belize, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago have ratified the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Court and the Bahamas and Jamaica are signatories to the Agreement.