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Updates on South Korea
31 Dec 2005
As of February 2005, the government had been working on implementing legislation, and expects to complete this process by the end of the year. There was no legal obligation to enact implementing legislation prior to the ratification of the Rome Statute.

On 8 November 2002, the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (ROK) ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

On 4 November 2002, the National Human Rights Commission officially urged the Speaker of the National Assembly and the heads of the political parties in Korea to make efforts for the ratification of the ICC Statute during the current session of the National Assembly.

The Foreign Minister, in a reply to a letter sent by CICC in late 2001, expressed hope that his country would ratify at the earliest time possible.

Previously, the bill of ratification was ready to be submitted to the National Assembly where it would go through several readings and be circulated among committees. The first reading in the National Assembly was scheduled to take place at its first sitting in September 2000. The ratification process was expected to take at least two years.

The need for constitutional amendment was not foreseen.