The UN on Monday released a depositary notification indicating Malaysia’s accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
This notice was released after Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah signed the instrument of accession to the Rome Statute. Malaysia’s interest in joining the ICC was expressed last year by the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who notably established the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal in 2007 as an alternative to the ICC.
The ICC is a “court of last resort” meant for the prosecution of serious international crimes. The Rome Statute conferred jurisdiction to the ICC in 2002, allowing the court to consider cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression. The ICC has territorial jurisdiction over nations that are party to the Rome Statute or have accepted the court’s jurisdiction.
Malaysia will officially be the 124th member of the court on June 1, 2019.