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US threatens ICC with sanctions

International Desk
Published on : 11 September 2018, 10:56 AM
US threatens ICC with sanctions


The United States expresses their stern position against the International Criminal Court (ICC) located in Hague, Netherlands. Trump administration has threatened sanctions against its judges if they move forward with prosecutions against the Americans.

President Donald Trump`s national security adviser John Bolton who has long been an outspoken critic of the role of ICC made the announcement in a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington DC, on Monday.

He has called the ICC `illegal` as an institution and said that the United States will do everything to protect its citizens. Bolton described the ICC as "threat to American sovereignty and national security" in his speech.

In his language, there is a debate about how ICC has defined various crimes. There are questions about whether the court has the jurisdiction to prosecute those crimes. According to him, the court also failed to punish violent crimes.

Trump`s national security adviser also referred to this court as "superfluous" as the US administration "did not recognize any higher authority than the US Constitution"

The ICC is now considering an application to investigate allegations of repression of detainees by US forces in the Afghan war.

The United States has not yet joined the ICC that was established in 2002 according to Rome Statute.


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