Last November, the ICC opened a formal investigation into alleged rights violations during a crackdown by security forces on protests sparked by the arrests of several opposition leaders in 2017.
"Today I wish to announce that I have decided to proceed with opening an investigation into the situation in Ukraine, as rapidly as possible," says International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan.
International Criminal Court and the government of President Nicolas Maduro agree to work together to investigate human rights abuses in recent years.
The investigation initially covered offences allegedly committed by Afghan govt forces, the Taliban, American troops and US foreign intelligence operatives dating back to 2002.
Sudan is handing over Bashir and other officials to the International Criminal Court, where they face charges for human rights abuses committed during the 2003 Darfur conflict.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who cancelled the country's membership of the ICC's founding treaty in March 2018, is not willing to cooperate with the investigation.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in March announced an official investigation into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.
The new prosecutor's first tasks will include deciding the next steps on the probe into war crimes in Afghanistan and the hugely contentious investigation into the 2014 Israel-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.
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