(Aug. 16, 2010) On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest Country to Join International Criminal Court, UN NEWS CENTRE (Aug. 11, 2010), http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35591&Cr=ICC&Cr1=#.) According to article 126 of the Rome Statute, the treaty will take effect in Seychelles on November 1, 2010. (Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC website, http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/rdonlyres/EA9AEFF7-5752-4F84-BE94-0A655EB30E16
/0/Rome_Statute_English.pdf (last visited Aug. 12, 2010).)
In a press release issued on the same day, the ICC welcomed Seychelles' decision to become a member state:
The Court welcomes the Seychelles' decision to join the growing group of states determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, for the sake of present and future generations. (Press Release, ICC-CPI-20100811-PR565, ICC, Seychelles Ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Aug. 11, 2010), http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/689553E0-8531-4072-B07F-3F5AB56EC4EB.ht
The Rome Statute was adopted on July 17, 1998, and entered into force on July 1, 2002 (Rome Statute of the ICC, supra). The ICC is currently conducting investigations of alleged violations of international law in five African jurisdictions: the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda (UN NEWS CENTRE, supra).