INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT RESPONSED TO U.S. THREATS




Selin ATAY-TDO-Chile Eboe Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said U.S. threats to the court were completely counter to the rules of the rule of law.

Osuji criticized U.S. threats against the court's attempt to launch an investigation or prosecution into allegations of misconduct against American soldiers in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

"For the past 15 months, the ICC has been subjected to unprecedented threats in public, from leading officials of the incumbent government of a powerful country. The threats are inherently completely contrary to the legal culture. It should not be forgotten that Afghanistan is a state party to the Rome Statute., "Osuji said.

 "States Parties should be prepared to do their best and do more to counter the political threats openly made against the ICC and protect the court with the aim of damaging the court's judicial and prosecutorial independence. We shall protect this court, the judiciary and the prosecutor." Osuji said, noting that the support of states parties is needed to solve this problem.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda also pointed out that the attack on the institution was an attack on everyone, including states parties, and continued to his words by saying:  "In these days when international criminal justice is under attack, courage and persuasion must guide our actions to uphold the goals and values of the Rome Statute. The ICC's independence is sacred and should never be compromised."

In 2017, UCM Chief Prosecutor Bensouda requested an investigation into allegations that U.S. troops, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Afghan soldiers committed war crimes in the Afghanistan war and that the Taliban committed crimes against humanity. The United States then declared that it would not issue visas to or cancel visas for UCM personnel attempting to investigate or prosecute allegations of misconduct against American soldiers in Afghanistan or elsewhere.


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