WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the Worldwide Prison Courtroom and one in every of her high aides for persevering with to research struggle crimes allegations in opposition to Individuals. Secretary of State […]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced the strikes as a part of the administration’s pushback in opposition to the tribunal, primarily based in The Hague, for investigations into the US and its allies. The sanctions embrace a freeze on property held within the US or topic to US legislation and goal prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the courtroom’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko.
Pompeo had beforehand imposed a journey ban on Bensouda and different tribunal staff due to its investigation into allegations of torture and different crimes by Individuals in Afghanistan.
Human rights teams and others have condemned the administration’s strikes in opposition to the courtroom and Wednesday’s announcement was instantly met with withering criticism from them.
Richard Dicker, the worldwide justice director at Human Rights Watch, referred to as it “a surprising perversion of US sanctions, devised to penalize rights abusers and kleptocrats, to persecute these tasked with prosecuting worldwide crimes.”
“The Trump administration has twisted these sanctions to hinder justice, not just for sure struggle crimes victims, however for atrocity victims anyplace trying to the Worldwide Prison Courtroom for justice,” he stated.
In March 2019, Pompeo ordered the revocation or denial of visas to ICC workers looking for to research allegations of struggle crimes and different abuses by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. He additionally stated he would possibly revoke the visas of those that search motion in opposition to Israel.
Prosecutors have been conducting a preliminary inquiry since 2015 within the Palestinian territories, together with Israel’s settlement coverage, crimes allegedly dedicated by either side within the 2014 Gaza battle and Hamas rocket assaults geared toward Israeli civilians.