USA threatens the International Criminal Court with Sanctions, declares it already dead

12 September, 2018, 13:01 | Author: Diane Mills
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John Bolton has always been an outspoken critic of the International Criminal Court.

"The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law", it said in a statement.

"We will not cooperate with the ICC", Mr. Bolton said.

"We will not cooperate with the ICC".

"For all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us", he told the conservative Federalist Society in Washington.

Bolton said neither Afghanistan nor any other government party to the ICC's Rome Statute has requested an investigation.

The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a group of 120 nations committed to investigating and trying those charged with the "gravest crimes of concern to the global community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression". 123 nations belong to the organization, which has indicted more than three dozen people during its history.

The United States has threatened to prosecute judges on the International Criminal Court if it opens an investigation into alleged USA war crimes in Afghanistan, calling the court "illegitimate" and "dangerous". He added that the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) office in Washington was being ordered closed out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel.

Bolton called the ICC "fundamentally illegitimate" and an "assault on the constitutional rights of the United States".

Mohammad Javad Zarif said "the USA threatens to impose sanctions on the ICC & even prosecute its judges in American courts".

She said the Taliban and the Afghan National Security Forces, would also be investigated.

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The Administration announced Monday that it is closing the PLO's Washington office, citing lack of progress on peace negotiations.

More than 120 countries around the world are members, but superpowers - including the US, Russia and China - have not signed up.

He also warned that the Trump administration could ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the US, sanction their funds and prosecute them in American courts.

But in a statement, Nauert accused Palestinian leadership of condemning and not cooperating with the Trump administration's forthcoming peace plan, orchestrated by President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Palestine Liberation Organization office served as an embassy in Washington, D.C., for Palestinians.

The United States is not a member of the global tribunal that is based in the Netherlands, but American citizens can still face prosecution if they commit war crimes in one of the court's member states, which includes Afghanistan.

Tarasov/ZUMA Press/NewscomNational Security Advisor John Bolton will reportedly take a hardline stance today against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which investigates allegations of war crimes and genocide. United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said the Palestinians' major demand - for millions of their refugees and descendants to return to lost homes in Israel - should be ruled out, and called for increased pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.The US has also moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Even if the ICC was to take up a prosecution of Americans and Israelis, the U.S. could nix that with its Security Council veto.

The United States declined to join the court during Mr.

While the charter laying out the initial organization of the PLO charter called for the destruction of Israel in 33 separate articles, it formally recognized Israel's right to exist in 1993, in return for Israel recognizing it as the "official representative" of and the point of contact for the Palestinian people.

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