Having dedicated more than two decades to establishing an international justice system, Amnesty International advocates for global acceptance of the authority of the International Criminal Court. Governed by the Rome Statute, the court tries severe crimes of international concern, such as war crimes, genocide, and extrajudicial executions, that have not been investigated or prosecuted in a national justice system. Special exceptions are made for cases that go to trial but are conducted in a manner deemed questionable and insincere. The court serves as a last resort.
As of April 2015, 123 countries have adopted the International Criminal Court system. Of these countries, 34 are located in Africa, 27 in the Caribbean and Latin America, and 19 in Asia. A majority of the proceedings held thus far take place in Africa. To learn more about Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court, visit www.amnesty.org.