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Completed legislative process for approval of law on adaptation to the International Criminal Court Statute

Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi was delighted with the news of the completion of the legislative process for approval of the law, by parliamentary initiative, on adaptation to the International Criminal Court Statute, toward whose rapid achievement he had been personally engaged.

The adaptation into national law of the ability to implement the Court’s statute is the final step in a Italy’s fulfilment of its 1998 pledge, when our country hosted the diplomatic conference for the Court’s creation. The Statute of Rome currently has 139 signatories and 121 members. Italy was the first to sign, in keeping with a foreign policy tradition in which the protection and promotion of human rights is central.

The provision adopted today by the Lower House contains norms on criminal matters that allow for more effective collaboration between our national authorities and the Court, thereby strengthening Italy’s commitment to the prosecution of international crimes.