ICC upgraded the status of Palestine to Observer State

Dec 16, 2014 12:20 IST

International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 December 2014 upgraded the status of Palestine to Observer State. The acceptance of Palestine as an Observer State came in a procedural move at the opening session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The Rome Statute that came into force on 1 July 2002 helped establish International Criminal Court in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The step is seen as moving closer toward joining the world's permanent war crimes tribunal and it will help Palestine to press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes.

UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in November 2012 to upgrade the Palestinians' status from a UN observer to a non-voting member state, which allows it to be an observer under the rules of the Assembly of States Parties and to ratify the Rome statute and to accept its jurisdiction.

Previously, the Palestinians could attend as an entity without those rights.

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