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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
18 May 2015
Al-Mahkamah (MENA Update), Issue 19
CICC
Aug 2014
Status of the Rome Statute Around the World - 2013
CICC
Sept 2013
MENA Update (Al-Mahkamah), Issue 18
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
Human Rights Watch
20 Oct 2015
Yemen Houthis Shell Civilians in Southern City Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International
13 Oct 2015
Razing of villages by US allies amounts to war crimes in Syria
Human Rights Watch
09 Oct 2015
Why War Crimes Charges Now Extend to the Destruction of Ancient Monuments
Amnesty International
02 Oct 2015
Renewed diplomacy must not Ignore justice for war crimes in Syria
LFJL
30 Apr 2015
LFJL signs the Tunis Declaration on the Arab Court of Human Rights
Parliamentarians for Global Action
16 Oct 2014
Parliament of Jordan - MPs from MENA Region discuss the ICC and fight against impunity for international crimes
CIHRS
09 Sept 2014
CIHRS Welcomes the New High Commissioner, and Calls for Further Efforts Against Repression and Corruption in the Region
NCICC
11 Aug 2014
NCICC calls on Nigeria to pass International Crimes Bill
Human Rights Watch
09 June 2014
Arab League: Improve Regional Court Proposal
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
ICSRF
08 May 2013
The ICSRF concluded the 2nd training Course on supporting the skills of human rights defenders in the Arab countries Held in Kuwait, 4-5 May 2013
FIDH
26 Mar 2013
The establishment of an Arab Court of Human Rights must be consistent with universal standards
The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms-Egypt
10 Dec 2012
المركز الدولي لدعم الحقوق والحريات
Amnesty International
03 Apr 2012
ICC Prosecutor statement: Fears over justice for Gaza victims
Physicians for Human Rights
Apr 2012
Libya Should Surrender Saif al-Islam Qaddafi to the ICC
Physicians for Human Rights
Apr 2012
PHR Calls on UN Security Council to Refer Situation in Syria to ICC
FIDH
29 Sept 2011
Human Rights Organizations Demand PLO and International Community Uphold Victims Rights
Al-Mustaqbal Newspaper, Lebanon
07 Sept 2011
Interview with CICC Convenor William Pace
Human Rights Watch
22 Aug 2011
Libya: All Sides Obligated to Protect Civilians
CICC
27 June 2011
ICC Issues Arrest Warrants against Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi
HRW
27 June 2011
Libya: Warrants Send Strong Message to Abusive Leaders
NPWJ
27 June 2011
Press Release: Situation in Libya: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I issues three arrest warrants
NPWJ
24 June 2011
No Peace Without Justice welcomes Tunisia as 116th ICC State Party
Amnesty International
06 June 2011
UN urged to act following deadly weekend in Syria
International Crisis Group
06 June 2011
Making Sense of Libya
FIDH
16 May 2011
FIDH welcomes request for arrest warrants for Muammar Gadhafi, Saif Gadhafi and Abdulah Al-Sanousi
HRW
16 May 2011
Libya: ICC Prosecutor Names First Suspects, Case Brings Justice Closer for Victims
NPWJ
16 May 2011
NPWJ welcomes Libya arrest warrants' request: International community must extend full cooperation to the ICC
CICC
04 May 2011
ICC Prosecutor Addresses UNSC on Libya Investigation
No Peace Without Justice
29 Apr 2011
Impunity not an option for Sri Lanka crimes
Amnesty International
26 Apr 2011
Security Council must refer Syria to the ICC
HRW
24 Apr 2011
Syria: World Should Impose Sanctions on Leadership: International Inquiry Needed After Killings of Protesters
CICC
03 Mar 2011
ICC Prosecutor Announces Criminal Investigation into Violence in Libya: Libya Becomes the Court’s Sixth Investigation
Amnesty International
28 Feb 2011
Unanimous Security Council vote a crucial moment for international justice
CICC
27 Feb 2011
United Nations Security Council Refers Libya to the ICC: ICC Prosecutor to Decide whether to Investigate Alleged Crimes against Humanity
FIDH
27 Feb 2011
The situation in Libya referred to the ICC: Gaddafi could be tried for crimes against humanity, crimes must stop immediately
HRW
27 Feb 2011
UN: Security Council Refers Libya to ICC
NPWJ & NRPTT
27 Feb 2011
NPWJ and the NRPTT welcome Security Council Decision on Libya
FIDH
24 Feb 2011
Libya: Strategy of scorched earth, desire for widespread and systematic elimination
FIDH
23 Feb 2011
Massacres in Libya: The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights must refer the situation to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
FIDH, LLHR
21 Feb 2011
Massacres in Libya: The International community must respond urgently
FIDH, LLHR
18 Feb 2011
Libya: Towards a bloody revolution
CICC
07 Feb 2011
Tunisia expresses intent to ratify the Rome Statute
CICC
07 Oct 2010
MENA Civil Society Calls for Stronger Support for the ICC
ACIJLP
20 May 2010
Recommendations of the workshop on Review Conference Conference of the Rome Statute
ACIJLP
20 May 2010
Recommendations of the workshop on Review Conference of the Rome Statute
PGA
15 Mar 2009
PGA Consultations on the ICC in the Middle East
ACIJLP
14 Apr 2008
Technical seminars, workshops and training sessions on the ICC International jurists to participate in events organised by the Egyptian Coalition for the International Criminal Court
CICC
25 Mar 2008
Arab Civil Society Meets to Advance International Justice