Press Release: 25 April 2014

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, opens a preliminary examination in Ukraine


On 17 April 2014, the Government of Ukraine lodged a declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute accepting the jurisdiction of the International criminal Court (ICC) over alleged crimes committed on its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.

Upon receipt of a referral or a declaration made by a state pursuant to Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, the Office of the Prosecutor, as a matter of policy, opens a preliminary examination of the situation at hand. Accordingly, the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, has decided to open a preliminary examination into the situation in Ukraine in order to establish whether the Rome Statute criteria for opening an investigation are met.  Specifically, under Article 53(1) of the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor shall consider issues of jurisdiction, admissibility and the interests of justice.

Declaration by Ukraine lodged under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute | 9 April 2014.

Note Verbale of the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Andrii Deshchytsia | 17 April 2014.

Declaration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine | 25 February 2014: English, Українська.

OTP Policy Paper on Preliminary Examinations | November 2013.

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Source: Office of the Prosecutor | Contact: [email protected]