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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
Aug 2014
Status of the Rome Statute Around the World - 2013
Sept 2013
MENA Update (Al-Mahkamah), Issue 18
05 Aug 2010
Al-Mahkamah (MENA Update), Issue 3
29 Oct 2009
MENA Brochure (EN)
Conference Reports and Declarations
Author Date, Title and Summary
07 Oct 2010
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.
Author Date and Title
Amnesty International
26 Sept 2011
Q&A: Human rights implications of the Palestinian bid for UN membership
29 Oct 2009
Arab States and the ICC
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
Parliamentarians for Global Action
16 Oct 2014
Parliament of Jordan - MPs from MENA Region discuss the ICC and fight against impunity for international crimes
09 Sept 2014
CIHRS Welcomes the New High Commissioner, and Calls for Further Efforts Against Repression and Corruption in the Region
11 Aug 2014
NCICC calls on Nigeria to pass International Crimes Bill
Human Rights Watch
09 June 2014
Arab League: Improve Regional Court Proposal
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
Dec 2013
Global Coalition Urges Qatar and Iraq to Join the International Criminal Court
20 Nov 2013
The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms Urges Arab States to Join the International Criminal Court