U.S. lifts Trump-era sanctions on ICC prosecutors


Sanctions against Fatu Bensuda were announced after she began investigating war crimes in Afghanistan.

The United States has lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Supreme Prosecutor Fatubensuda.

Sanctions have been imposed under former President Donald Trump on a court investigation into alleged war crimes by the United States in Afghanistan and the United States ally Israel in the Palestinian Territory.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who announced the move, said the sanctions were “inappropriate and ineffective” and called for closer cooperation.

The United States is not a member of the ICC.

The United States has also removed Phakiso Mochochoko, head of ICC jurisdiction, complementation and cooperation, from the Specially Designated National List, ending another 2019 policy on visa restrictions for specific ICC personnel.

In a statement, Blinken continued to “strongly oppose the ICC’s actions related to the situation in Afghanistan and Palestine,” and opposed the ICC’s efforts to claim jurisdiction over employees of non-parties such as the United States. “. And Israel. “

Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought greater cooperation between the United States and the ICC

“But we believe that our concerns about these cases will be better addressed through our involvement with all stakeholders in the ICC process, rather than imposing sanctions,” he said. I did.

He encourages the United States with reforms being considered to help the ICC “achieve its core mission of prioritizing its resources and acting as a last resort to punish and deter atrocities.” He added that he was.

Last year, the Trump administration accused the ICC of violating US national sovereignty when it began investigating potential war crimes committed by US troops, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Afghan troops.

Announcing sanctions, Blinken’s predecessor Mike Pompeo called the court “a completely broken and corrupt institution.”..

The ICC replied that sanctions were an attack on international justice and the rule of law.

Ben Suda quit his job in June and will be replaced by British human rights lawyer Karim Khan.

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