The problem: Uneven global access to justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The solution: Universal ICC membership, adoption of national laws to prosecute individuals for grave crimes and to cooperate with the ICC.

The goal: 100% of humanity protected by the rule of law. Justice, deterrence of crime and peace.

Where does your country stand?

International Criminal Court member states

A remarkable 124 countries are ICC member states, voluntarily becoming party to the Court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute. 

Most of Europe, Latin America and Africa are states parties to the Rome Statute.

Yet big gaps remain in the Middle-East North Africa and in Asia in particular - and major powers such as China, India and the United States remain outside the system.

Call on South Africa to stay with the ICC

Dear President Zuma,

I am writing to urge you to keep South Africa in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to discontinue the ICC Repeal Act that would remove domestic provisions outlawing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

South Africa has long been a beacon of hope for human rights in Africa and beyond and has been a leading light behind the establishment of the ICC.

Yes, global access to justice is uneven. No, the ICC is not perfect. But the solution lies in more and better justice, not less. 

The world needs South Africa to continue to play a key role in shaping the future of the international criminal justice system.

Joining the ICC

The international justice system established by the Rome Statute is opt-in.

States must decide whether to accept the jursidiction of the ICC and adopt national laws to prosecute grave crimes in the first instance.

When someone talks about “joining the International Criminal Court” they are referring to states ratifying, or acceding to, the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty.  ICC member states also take on a whole range of legal, and moral, obligations.

ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute

States: Ratify ICC cooperation treaty

Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court

The Coalition is calling on states to immediately initiate the process of ratifying the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court.

The APIC establishes the legal rights of ICC and states parties’ personnel as they carry out work around the world in support of ICC proceedings.