‘Critical First Step’ But ‘Long Overdue’: Biden Repeals Trump Sanctions on The International Criminal Court (ICC)

Common Dreams – By Jessica Corbett – April 02, 2021

The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Member states: 123, Official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Seat: The Hague, Netherlands, Working languages: English, French.

“Trump’s sanctions set a dangerous precedent for attacks on victims, lawyers, human rights advocates, and courts.”

Progressives in Congress and human rights organizations on Friday welcomed the Biden administration’s repeal of sanctions on the International Criminal Court imposed under former President Donald Trump in a bid to pressure the Hague-based tribunal to not investigate alleged U.S. and Israeli crimes.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a statement that President Joe Biden revoked Trump’s Executive Order 13928, “ending the threat and imposition of economic sanctions and visa restrictions in connection with the court.”

The move ends sanctions imposed against outgoing ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity, and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor.

“The Department of State also terminated the separate 2019 policy on visa restrictions on certain ICC personnel. These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective,” Blinken said. He added that “we continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations,” but believe that “our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) responded to the development on Twitter, declaring that “this is a long overdue victory for international justice and the rule of law.”

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