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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.
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