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ICC Vows to Forge Ahead with Probe Despite US Intimidation

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Jude Johnson

The staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) were recently sanctioned through an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump for probing the activities of the United States officials, especially the alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

To this end, Trump announced seizure of the assets of the ICC staff involved the probe and also imposed a travel ban on them.

But ICC has in a statement it issued on Thursday in response to the development, vowed to pursue its mandate without “wavering”.

Read the full statement:

PRESS RELEASE

Statement of the International Criminal Court on recent measures announced by the US

The ICC stands firmly by its staff and officials and remains unwavering in its commitment to discharging, independently and impartially, the mandate bestowed upon it by the Rome Statute and the States that are party to it.

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) (www.ICC-CPI.int) expresses profound regret at the announcement of further threats and coercive actions, including financial measures, against the Court and its officials, made earlier today by the Government of the United States.

The ICC stands firmly by its staff and officials and remains unwavering in its commitment to discharging, independently and impartially, the mandate bestowed upon it by the Rome Statute and the States that are party to it.

These are the latest in a series of unprecedented attacks on the ICC, an independent international judicial institution, as well as on the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, which reflects the commitment and cooperation of the ICC’s 123 States Parties, representing all regions of the world.

These attacks constitute an escalation and an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings. They are announced with the declared aim of influencing the actions of ICC officials in the context of the Court’s independent and objective investigations and impartial judicial proceedings.

An attack on the ICC also represents an attack against the interests of victims of atrocity crimes, for many of whom the Court represents the last hope for justice.

As it continues to meet its mandated responsibilities, the Court relies on the staunch support and cooperation of its States Parties. The Court wishes to recall, in this context, yesterday’s joint statement (https://bit.ly/3ffJMxD) from the ten ICC States Parties members of the UN Security Council, reconfirming their “unwavering support for the Court as an independent and impartial judicial institution,” as well as the press statement (https://bit.ly/2B4jpvL) issued earlier today by the President of the Assembly of States Parties.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Criminal Court (ICC).

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International Criminal Court
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