The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court received the required ratifications to enter into force on on April 11, 2002, when 10 countries deposited the instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary General, bringing the total number of ratifications to 66. The statute entered in to force on July 1st, 2002. On this day, over 70 countries have ratified the treaty. States must complete ratification by 30 November 2002 in order to participate in the nomination and election of judges and the Prosecutor. The Court is expected to be fully functional by mid-2003.
The Bush Administration opposes the International Criminal Court because the ICC will make it more difficult to conduct war. The ICC will help to deter war. Right-wing opposition to the ICC in the United States is not wholly a result of egoism and unilateralism, it is in the interest of protecting the ability of a few to profit from war. The ICC will represent the interests of the many who suffer from war and other crimes against humanity.
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