Palestinians present ICC membership request to UN

In this photo released by the United Nations, Palestinian envoy Riyad H. Mansour speaks to the media on January 1, 2015, after his meeting with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Stephen MathiasThe Palestinians formally presented a request to the United Nations on Friday to join the International Criminal Court, a move that would allow war crimes complaints to be filed against Israel. Membership of the Rome Statute, which governs the ICC, would open the way for Palestinians to pursue criminal complaints in The Hague, but is firmly opposed by Israel and the United States.

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