More than half of the member states of the International Criminal Court on Tuesday defended the world’s solely everlasting warfare crimes tribunal in a diplomatic response to a U.S. menace of sanctions towards its workers 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 events to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal courtroom we reconfirm our unwavering support for the courtroom as an unbiased and neutral judicial establishment,” it mentioned.
A tweet from the Switzerland delegation indicated that Canada was among the 67 nations.
Washington opposes the ICC as a result of it fears politically motivated prosecutions of the United States and ally Israel.
Pompee derided ICC as a ‘kangaroo courtroom’
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an government order two weeks in the past authorizing the blocking of property and journey restrictions towards ICC workers concerned in a probe into alleged warfare crimes in Afghanistan, additionally by U.S. forces.
In saying the chief order signed by Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned: “We can’t, we is not going to stand by as our persons are threatened by a kangaroo courtroom.”
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda desires to examine potential 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 mentioned final week in a social media publish that Canada supported the ICC “and its essential function inside the multilateral system, preventing impunity by investigating and prosecuting essentially the most severe worldwide crimes.”
“Personnel of the International Criminal Court shouldn’t be singled out for his or her work,” mentioned Champagne.
The letter from greater than 60 ICC members marks the primary effort to present a united entrance among members from all continents.
In the assertion the nations pressured that the courtroom is an “integral half” of the judicial worldwide order and “a central establishment within the combat towards impunity.”
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