More than half of the member countries of the ICC expressed support for the court in conflict with the United States
More than half of the member countries of the International criminal court (ICC) expressed support for a judicial body, amid U.S. threats to impose sanctions against persons associated with the investigations of the ICC, and urged all countries to cooperate with the court.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald trump has signed a decree on sanctions against members of the ICC who investigate probable war crimes committed by American soldiers and other personnel in Afghanistan.
Australia, UK, the Netherlands, and another 64 countries in a joint statement expressed support for the International criminal court as "an independent and impartial judicial authority".
Countries also reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the impartiality of the court despite "any action or threats against the court, and those who cooperated with him", follows from the statements.
The statement stressed that the ICC is "only intervenes when States are unwilling or unable genuinely to prosecute at the national level".
Earlier, the White house announced that trump signed a decree on sanctions against individuals associated with the investigations of the ICC in relation to military and other officials in the United States, accusing this international structure in biased investigations and corruption, and suspecting the influence of Russia.
According to the decree, trump declared national emergency and said blocking under the jurisdiction of the U.S. assets of persons identified as involved in the judicial processes of the ICC in respect of employees of the United States. In relation to fall under the definition of document entities, a ban on providing them with funding. In addition, they and their families will be denied entry into the United States.
The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in 2017 asked the judges to issue a permit for the investigation of alleged war crimes committed by the US military, the CIA and the Afghan security forces, and crimes against humanity committed by the radical Taliban. The ICC supported the request, giving permission.
This provoked immediate criticism from the United States. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called the court "is not a credible political institution masquerading as a legal person".
The United States in 2019, imposed visa restrictions against individuals associated with the investigations of the International criminal court in the crimes of the us military. A former adviser White house national security John Bolton criticized the investigation of the ICC, stating that this court "already dead" for the United States.