US diplomacy chief Antony Blinken said in a statement that the United States continued to oppose the court’s will to investigate Afghanistan or Israel, but added that Washington wanted to address these cases “through dialogue with all stakeholders in the ICC-related process and not through the imposition of sanctions “.
President Biden “revoked” last June’s presidential executive order that allowed the ICC judges to be punished, “putting an end to the threat” of economic sanctions and visa restrictions, Blinken announced.
“As a result, the sanctions imposed by the previous government against prosecutor Fatou Bensouda” and another official, Phakiso Mochochoko, “have been lifted,” he added, as well as several visa restrictions imposed in 2019 against members of the Hague Tribunal.
“These decisions reflect our analysis that these measures were inadequate and ineffective,” he insisted.
The then US President Donald Trump authorized, in June 2020, the imposition of economic sanctions on any responsible person of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who investigates US military personnel or accuses them “without the consent of the United States”.
“Despite repeated calls from the United States and our allies for reform, the ICC has done nothing to reform and continues to make politically motivated inquiries against us and our allies, like Israel,” the administration said at the time. American company in a statement.
This decision came after the Hague court in March authorized the opening of an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, despite opposition from the Trump administration.
The inquiry requested by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda aims to investigate, among others, alleged abuses of American soldiers in the country, where the United States has maintained a military presence since 2001. There have also been allegations of torture against the CIA.
Initially, the ICC judges had refused to authorize the investigation after a threat of United States sanctions, which are not part of the ICC.
The American President “also authorized the extension of visa restrictions” for those responsible and their families.
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