The European Union considers unacceptable the decision of the President of the United States Donald trump to impose sanctions against members of the International criminal court. About it it is spoken in the statement of the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell.
“Sanctions against those involved in the work of the ICC, its employees and their families as well as individuals associated with the ICC are inadmissible and unprecedented in its scope and content. Taking the fight against impunity, the ICC must be able to work independently and impartially. The EU remains committed to the protection of the court from any external interference aimed at obstructing justice and undermining international criminal justice,” said Borrell.
According to him, Brussels is hoping that the US will change its position.
The international criminal court started work in 2002. States become parties by ratification of the Rome Statute (already ratified by 123 countries).
In 2017, the chief Prosecutor of the International criminal court Fatou Bensouda has asked the judges of the ICC the mandate to investigate possible crimes committed in Afghanistan by members of the radical Islamist Taliban movement, the Afghan government forces and foreign armed forces, including the us.
“There is reason to believe that members of the armed forces of the United States and employees of the Central intelligence Agency used torture, resorted to abuse, encroachment upon personal dignity, rape against conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan and other places, mainly in the period 2003-2004”, – said then Bensouda.
The United States in 2018 considered the possibility to impose sanctions against the court, and in 2019 has revoked the visa Bencode, which is a citizen of the Gambia.
In March 2020, the ICC approved the investigation.
On 11 June the President of the United States Donald trump has signed the decree about the economic sanctions against members of the ICC. The document gives Secretary Mike Pompeo the authority to prohibit employees of the ICC to enter the United States and freeze their assets in the country.