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Updates on Cambodia
31 Dec 2005
Cambodia ratified on 11 April 2002, participating in the simultaneous deposit at the special UN treaty ceremony to mark the 60 ratifications necessary for entry into force. With regard to implementing legislation, Cambodia's domestic laws need to be strengthened.

The National Assembly unanimously endorsed Cambodia's ratification of the Rome Statute on 26 November 2001. The Senate subsequently approved the bill on 20 December 2001.

Previously, the ratification bill was presented to the National Assembly in June 2001 by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who pledged that Cambodia would the first ASEAN nation to ratify the treaty, at a meeting between government and civil society representatives.

The Cambodian mission to the UN has been closely monitoring the developments at the Preparatory Commission, and it has been keenly interested in the definition of the crime of aggression. In addition, the Cambodian Government drafted a law for establishing an International Genocide Tribunal to deal with crimes committed in Cambodia the past, and this has created a better environment for the government to support the ICC.