The US has revoked the visa of the worldwide legal courtroom’s chief prosecutor in response to her intention to research potential conflict crimes by US troopers in Afghanistan.
A press release from the workplace of Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian nationwide, stated she would proceed to pursue her duties for the courtroom, in The Hague, “without fear or favour” and that she would proceed to journey to the US. She has not been restricted from visiting the UN headquarters in New York.
The US state division doesn’t present particulars of particular person visa instances however made clear it was implementing the threat last month from the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to impose restrictions on any ICC employees who investigated US or allied personnel. The transfer marked a hardening of America’s coverage of non-cooperation with the ICC, and a downgrading of the function of multilateralism.
“The United States will take the obligatory steps to guard its sovereignty and to guard our folks from unjust investigation and prosecution by the worldwide legal courtroom,” a state division spokesperson stated.
They added that visas could be denied to “ICC officers who’re decided to be instantly accountable for any ICC effort to conduct a formal investigation of US or allied personnel with out the related nation’s consent”.
The state division stated the US wouldn’t “interfere with travel to the UN for official UN purposes”.
The US has refused to recognise the ICC since its inception in 2002, weakening the courtroom’s authority and offering an excuse for different international locations, most notably in Africa, to additionally pull their help. In 2017, Burundi grew to become the first nation to depart the ICC.