John Bolton threatens ICC with sanctions in virulent attack

John Bolton threatens ICC with sanctions in virulent attack

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Bolton pledged that the us will not let global bureaucrats determine what actions are justifiable when it comes to defending the country from its enemies.

It said the decision was also in line with USA law, a reflection of congressional concerns and consistent with US policy to oppose and punish Palestinian attempts to bring Israel before the ICC.

In the 15-year history of the ICC, nearly all of its cases under investigation or prosecution involve Africans, as many of them were referred to the court by signatory countries.

Led by Gambian prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the ICC said in November that all legal criteria had been met to open a war crimes investigation into the US -led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. All four are states parties of the ICC.

The allegations involved secret detention facilities in Afghanistan and other nations allied with the United States.

If the global body doesn't listen, the Trump administration could ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the country.

It has yet to move to the next stage and open a full-blown investigation which could possibly lead to charges.

For decades, the people of Afghanistan have endured the scourge of armed conflict.

Bolton did not clearly specify why the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw support from the ICC today.

"We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans".

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. However, no United States peace plans have yet to be put forward even as Trump has promised an "ultimate deal", a proposal the administration says is being led by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior aide. However, some of the alleged ill-treatment continued until 2014, well into the presidency of Barack Obama.

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Still, the United States never joined the court.

[W] ith Mr. Bolton back in power, the White House has swung back to the language of 2002 and 2003.

The U.S. "will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel", Bolton plans to say in his prepared remarks, the Journal reported, citing a draft it had reviewed. "The U.S. would do better to finally understand that the Palestinians will not surrender, and that no amount of coercion or unwarranted collective punitive measures will bring the Palestinian leadership or people to their knees".

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Monday, September 10, said the USA would use any available means to cushion its nationals from ICC terming it as an illegitimate institution.

The court announced in November 2016 that a preliminary examination of the war in Afghanistan had found a "reasonable basis" to believe that American forces had committed war crimes of torture and related ill-treatment. Bolton rejected the claims as "utterly unfounded" and unjustified.

This was a speech soaked in fear and Bolton sounded the message, once again, that the United States is intimidated by global law and multilateral organizations. Refusing to cooperate with the ICC because you think it sets a bad precedent for national sovereignty is one thing.

He said the PLO leadership has instead "condemned a yet-to-be-seen United States peace plan and "refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise". His main objection is the notion that the ICC could have higher authority than the U.S. constitution and United States sovereignty.

"The US threats against the ICC (are) a coup against the rules-based global system", Erekat. We will not join the ICC.

The Palestinian leadership cut off contact with the Trump administration after the United States president recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. "And this Administration will not", he declared.

The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a group of 120 nations committed to investigating and trying those charged with the "gravest crimes of concern to the global community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression".

Bolton described the ICC as antithetical to American values and a threat to U.S. sovereignty and national security.

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