More than half of the member states of the International Criminal Court on Tuesday defended the world’s solely everlasting struggle crimes tribunal in a diplomatic response to a U.S. risk of sanctions towards its staff earlier this month.
A joint assertion drafted by Costa Rica and Switzerland was backed by 67 out of 123 of the ICC’s members.
“As parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal court we reconfirm our unwavering support for the court as an independent and impartial judicial institution,” it stated.
A tweet from the Switzerland delegation indicated that Canada was among the many 67 nations.
Washington opposes the ICC as a result of it fears politically motivated prosecutions of the United States and ally Israel.
Pompeo derided ICC as a ‘kangaroo court docket’
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an government order two weeks in the past authorizing the blocking of belongings and journey restrictions towards ICC staff concerned in a probe into alleged struggle crimes in Afghanistan, additionally by U.S. forces.
In asserting the manager order signed by Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated: “We cannot, we will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court.”
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda desires to analyze doable crimes dedicated between 2003 and 2014, together with alleged mass killings of civilians by the Taliban, in addition to the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by U.S. forces and the CIA. The ICC investigation was given the go-ahead in March.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne stated final week in a social media publish that Canada supported the ICC “and its crucial role within the multilateral system, fighting impunity by investigating and prosecuting the most serious international crimes.”
“Personnel of the International Criminal Court should not be singled out for their work,” stated Champagne.
The letter from greater than 60 ICC members marks the primary effort to indicate a united entrance amongst members from all continents.
In the assertion the international locations burdened that the court docket is an “integral part” of the judicial worldwide order and “a central institution in the fight against impunity.”
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