President Joseph Biden on Friday revoked a Trump-era government order issued after the ICC introduced it was investigating alleged conflict crimes dedicated by all sides within the battle in Afghanistan, together with the US.
Executive Order 13928 of 11 June 2020 imposed financial sanctions against ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko. A separate 2019 coverage concerning visa restrictions on sure court docket employees was additionally terminated.
“These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective”, US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken stated in an announcement.
In welcoming the decision, the Secretary-General famous that the ICC “plays an important role in advancing accountability for international crimes”, his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, stated in an announcement on Saturday.
Ready to re-engage
The Court, which relies in The Hague, within the Netherlands, prosecutes probably the most severe crimes of concern to the worldwide neighborhood, corresponding to genocide, conflict crimes, and crimes against humanity.
It was established in July 1998 beneath a treaty often called the Rome Statute, which greater than 120 international locations have signed. The US just isn’t a celebration to the treaty.
The ICC additionally issued an announcement on Saturday welcoming the developments from Washington.
“The Court is mindful that the United States has traditionally made important contributions to the cause of international criminal justice,” the assertion stated.
“The Court stands ready to reengage with the US in the continuation of that tradition based on mutual respect and constructive engagement.”