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It was indicated last week that the International Criminal Court, a permanent judicial body with the power to try individuals and groups accused of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, will soon be formally established. So far, 56 nations have ratified the Rome Statute of 1998, which states that 60 countries are needed to make the court a reality. Cambodia, Ireland, Jordan and Romania have expressed their intention to ratify by July.

The United States and Japan haven’t. The U.S., which considers itself the world’s police force, sees the ICC as a potential political tool of countries and organizations that don’t appreciate what America is doing in the world militarily.

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