US President Joe Biden revoked sanctions on the highest prosecutor of the Worldwide Legal Court docket levied by Donald Trump on Friday, as the brand new authorities seeks far more constructive strategies for resolving a bitter battle with European allies. Concerning this, Antony Blinken, Pompeo’s successor made intense statements.
Final yr, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted The Hague’s “kangaroo court docket,” imposing monetary restrictions and a visa ban on Fatou Bensouda, the court docket’s Gambian chief prosecutor.
Even if Israel is a US ally who refuses the court docket’s jurisdiction, the Hague court docket irritated the US much more by opening an investigation into alleged Israeli battle crimes within the Palestinian territories.
Antony Blinken stated the US continued to “strongly disagree” with the strikes on Afghanistan and Israel.
“We imagine, nonetheless, that our considerations about these instances could be higher addressed by means of engagement with all stakeholders within the ICC course of somewhat than by means of the imposition of sanctions,” Blinken stated in a press release.
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the president of the Affiliation of States Events to the ICC, expressed hope that the choice “alerts the beginning of a brand new section of our joint enterprise to fight impunity” for battle crimes.
France, together with different European allies, was outraged by the earlier administration’s resolution and praised the reversal whereas pledging help for the ICC.
“This resolution is good news for all who’re dedicated to the struggle in opposition to impunity, for multilateralism and for a global order based on the rule of regulation,” Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated.
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Blinken stated he was motivated by the court docket’s reform efforts, which have come below criticism for inside issues reminiscent of judges’ salaries.
He stated that the US has backed distinctive worldwide judicial initiatives within the Balkans, Cambodia, and Rwanda to make sure accountability for battle crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity.
“Our help for the rule of regulation, entry to justice and accountability for mass atrocities are necessary US nationwide safety pursuits which can be protected and superior by partaking with the remainder of the world to fulfill the challenges of right this moment and tomorrow,” Blinken stated.
Blinken introduced the choice days earlier than the administration wanted to reply to a lawsuit in opposition to Trump’s govt order filed by the Open Society Justice Initiative, which promotes human rights and democracy.
“The US has an extended historical past of utilizing sanctions to punish human rights abusers, however by no means earlier than was this instrument used to punish an unbiased court docket that seeks justice for victims of atrocities,” James Goldston, govt director of the initiative stated.