Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Palestinian Authority, recognised by the UN as the State of Palestine ('Palestine'), joined the Rome Statute of the ICC on December 31 by submitting to the UN secretary-general its instrument of accession. The accession will come into force on April 1. In addition, Palestine has lodged a declaration accepting the court's jurisdiction retroactively since June 13, 2014 with respect to crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda may now conduct investigations into, and if appropriate prosecute individuals for, crimes allegedly committed on Palestine's territory or by Palestinian nationals.