USA threatens the International Criminal Court with Sanctions, declares it already dead

13 September, 2018, 00:12 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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"The court was established and constituted under the Rome Statute, the court's founding treaty - to which 123 countries from all regions of the world are party and have pledged their support through ratification - as an instrument to ensure accountability for crimes that shock the conscience of humanity".

"If the court comes after us, Israel or other United States allies, we will not sit quietly", Mr Bolton said.

He has always been an outspoken critic of the court but Monday's hard-hitting speech in Washington focused on two areas.

"Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president".

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of USA service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation".

The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court, founded in 2002. We will let the ICC die on it's own.

In response to the threats from the USA, the ICC released a statement that read: "One hundred and twenty-three countries from all regions of the world are party and pledged their support through ratification - as an instrument to ensure accountability for crimes that shock the conscience of humanity. We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the USA criminal system", Bolton said.

Even if the ICC was to take up a prosecution of Americans and Israelis, the United States could nix that with its Security Council veto.

"If the court comes after us, Israel or other USA allies, we will not sit quietly", Bolton said.


This meeting with the Federalist Society-a group responsible for loading our federal courts with Kavanaugh-type ultra-conservative judges-comes in direct response to the ICC's proposal to investigate American war crimes in Afghanistan.

On Monday, Bolton had threatened ICC judges with imposing sanctions if they proceed with a probe into reported war crimes by the USA in Afghanistan.

While it has investigated and jailed warlords like Charles Taylor, and even declared Omar Al-Bashir a wanted man, the court's attempt to investigate the crimes of American soldiers in Afghanistan has led to a nasty response from the US National Security Adviser, John Bolton.

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"It's an extraordinarily ambitious project that the administration has undertaken", National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday. Similar measures would be taken against any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans, he said. He said the US would seek to undermine the court's reach by establishing additional agreements with other countries that guarantee they will not support charging the USA, or turn over US citizens at the request of the court.

Further moves saw the Trump administration withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the United Nations refugee agency dealing with Palestinians and to hospitals in East Jerusalem, and the order to close the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington, which opened in 1994.

But in a statement, Nauert accused Palestinian leadership of condemning and not cooperating with the Trump administration's forthcoming peace plan, orchestrated by President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Erekat, in his statement, said the Palestinians would press forward to get their case heard at the ICC.

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, Bolton sought and received permission to travel to NY to ceremonially "unsign" the document at the United Nations. Long-term indulgence of the PLO's recalcitrance has had the effect of allowing a toxic and reflexive anti-Israel sentiment to build in worldwide institutions, not least among academics and students on USA campuses.

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