US Secretary of State Blincoln said on Friday (2nd) that the US government has lifted sanctions and visa restrictions on relevant personnel of the International Criminal Court.
Brinken said in a statement that US President Biden revoked an executive order against the International Criminal Court issued last year by former President Trump on the same day. The U.S. sanctions against Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and Fakkiso Mojochoko, the head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Department, have been lifted. The U.S. State Department issued the 2019 The visa restriction policy for specific personnel of the International Criminal Court has also been cancelled.
Brinken said that the U.S. side assessed that these measures were “improper and ineffective.” He also stated that the United States strongly opposes the actions of the International Criminal Court on the situation in Afghanistan and Palestine, and opposes the court’s attempts to exercise jurisdiction over non-parties such as the United States and Israel.
The Chairman of the Conference of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, De Gulmendi, issued a statement on the same day, welcoming the decision of the US government, believing that this decision will help strengthen the work of the International Criminal Court and promote a rule-based international order.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the International Criminal Court ruled in March last year to approve investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan security forces, and US military and intelligence personnel. Bensouda once stated that there is sufficient evidence to show that US personnel abused detainees and violated personal dignity in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004.
Trump announced in June last year that the United States would impose economic sanctions and entry restrictions on the relevant personnel of the International Criminal Court who participated in the aforementioned investigation. In September of the same year, the United States announced sanctions on Ben Souda and Mojochoko. This move caused dissatisfaction and worries in the international community.
The International Criminal Court is located in the Dutch city of The Hague. It was established in accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which entered into force in 2002, to pursue criminal responsibility for individuals who have committed genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.