First Palestinian ICC case to be Gaza war: rights group

Palestinians pictured leaving their destroyed neighbourhood in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun to take shelter in a United Nations school, on August 18, 2014The first case the Palestinians will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the “crimes” Israel committed during summer 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday. On January 2, the Palestinians presented a formal request to join the Hague-based court in a move which opens the way for them to file suit against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in the occupied territories. The ICC can prosecute individuals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since July 1, 2002, when the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, came into force.

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