The forthcoming ceremony on February 8, 2024, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, carries both significance and controversy as it heralds the Republic of Armenia’s accession as the 124th State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC’s foundational treaty.
Amidst anticipation and scrutiny, high-level representatives from various sectors will converge for this momentous occasion. Notable attendees include officials from the Government of Armenia, esteemed figures from the ICC, representatives from the Trust Fund for Victims, delegates from the Assembly of States Parties, and dignitaries from other States Parties. Their presence underscores the gravity of Armenia’s decision and the broader implications for international justice.
While some applaud Armenia’s commitment to the principles of the ICC and its stance against impunity for grave crimes, others have voiced concerns and objections regarding the timing and context of Armenia’s accession. The decision has sparked debates surrounding geopolitical dynamics, regional conflicts, and the potential ramifications for ongoing disputes.
For those unable to attend in person, the ICC will provide live coverage of the event starting at 10:45 AM (CET) on its website. Viewers can tune in via the ICC’s 4th channel “media room” to witness firsthand the unfolding of this historic moment and the discussions it ignites on the global stage.