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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at this time has two states parties to the ICC -- the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a member of the League of Arab States, which ratified the Rome Statute in 2002 -- and Tunisia. Two other members of the League of Arab States -- the Comoro Islands and Djibouti -- are also states parties to the Rome Statute, having ratified in August 2006 and November 2002, respectively.

Jordan has played a leading role in the establishment of the ICC through its presidency of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) from 2002 to 2005 and its active involvement in the Trust Fund for Victims. Tunisia acceded to the Rome Statute on 24 June 2011. Eleven more states (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Syria, the UAE and Yemen) are signatories to the Rome Statute and have been key participants in the meetings prior to and since the Rome Conference of 1998, during which the Rome Statute was adopted. Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar and Saudi Arabia did not sign the Rome Statute, but have also participated at the meetings leading up to and following Rome. Some countries in this region have indicated that they are waiting for the crime of aggression to be defined before considering ratification or accession to the ICC.

The MENA region has a growing human rights movement and the Coalition today has almost 200 active member organizations spread across almost every country in the region. Through its strengthened regional efforts targeting civil society, parliamentarians and governments, the Coalition is pushing for an increased number of ratifications and full implementation of the Rome Statute in all the countries in the region.
CICC Publications
Author Date and Title
CICC
05 Aug 2010
Al-Mahkamah (MENA Update), Issue 3
CICC
29 Oct 2009
MENA Brochure (EN)
Conference Reports and Declarations
Author Date, Title and Summary
CICC
07 Oct 2010
13282|13283
CICC Strategy Meeting for MENA Region on the ICC in Amman, Jordan from 27‐28 September 2010 which was attended by members from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, and Jordan.
Factsheets
Author Date and Title
Amnesty International
26 Sept 2011
Q&A: Human rights implications of the Palestinian bid for UN membership
CICC
29 Oct 2009
Arab States and the ICC
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
ACIJLP
10 Dec 2013
On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The ACIJLP Calls upon Arab countries to ratify and accede to the International Criminal Court And the abolition of the death penalty
CICC
Dec 2013
Global Coalition Urges Qatar and Iraq to Join the International Criminal Court
ICSRF
20 Nov 2013
The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms Urges Arab States to Join the International Criminal Court
CIHRS
14 Sept 2013
In an Oral Intervention to the Human Rights Council: The Cairo Institute Deplores Absence of Transitional Justice in Arab Countries
CICC
25 June 2013
Coalition for the ICC and Mohamed V University-Agdal Launch International Law Program in Morocco
NPWJ
19 June 2013
NPWJ is holding a conference in Tunis for representatives from several MENA countries to discuss transitional justice and ratification of the Rome Statute
CICC
23 May 2013
Global Coalition Calls on Egypt to Move Forward on ICC Commitment