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'Change your course!': Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probe

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    'Change your course!': Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probe
    Published time: 15 Mar, 2019 16:56

    In an effort to threaten everyone into not investigating US or Israeli war crimes in the International Criminal Court, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone involved in such probes will lose their visa and may be sanctioned.
    The Washington war hawk said that action had to be taken because any investigation into alleged war crimes and torture committed by the United States would be a threat to US rule of law. Visas will be pulled or denied for anyone who has been involved in or even requested an ICC investigation of “any US personnel.



    The ICC is currently mulling over a request to investigate possible war crimes committed by the US in Afghanistan in the course of the nearly 20-year conflict which has left over 100,000 Afghans dead. The international court prosecutor’s office says it has “reasonable basis” to believe that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were, and continue to be, committed by foreign government forces in Afghanistan.

    Pompeo openly stated that the action was intended to get the court to drop the potential investigation, and that Washington was ready to further increase the pressure if they don’t do as he says.

    We are prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change course,” he said.

    The court responded later in the day saying they would continue their work “undeterred” by Pompeo’s aggressive statement, and act in accordance with international law rather than Washington’s threats.

    An independent and impartial judicial institution [is] crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law.

    Following up on National Security Advisor John Bolton’s threats against the court last year, Pompeo said that action had already been taken against members of the Hague-based court for daring to look into potential crimes committed by the US abroad. He declined to name any names or reveal how many people had been targeted.

    We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,” he declared.

    Washington also stepped up to protect its close ally Israel from the threat of prosecution for crimes against Palestinians.

    These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allied consent,” he continued.

    While the US signed the initial document which created the international court in 2000, it has since refused to actually become a member, and many American politicians see the court’s ability to hold the country accountable for its actions abroad as a threat to national sovereignty. Bolton later “unsigned” the document altogether.

    Source: https://www.rt.com/news/453951-pompeo-icc-visa-revoke/

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    before Nikki haley Threaten UN over the Jerusalem resolution .
     
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    Power decides justice in the real world...
     
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    Would it make much difference? Does not matter; Does not concern us. Numerous countries are not saints.
     
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    Yes. USA is not a member of the ICC, and never has been one.
     
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    so bcoz US is not the member, does that diminish the credibility of that institution ?
    Or does that negates the charges ?

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    But is i am sure US is member of UN right?
     
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    The ICC can do whatever it wants without US support, that is all. I have no problem with either the ICC's, or USA's action in this matter.
     
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    This ladies and gentlemen is the new democratic west that lectures brown folks on how to run their countries but threatens even the law.
     
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    The ICC is not a part of the UNO either.
     
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    Well how about that, the nation that accuses others and protects its allies too.
     
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    Pompeo. Pompeo. Someone needs to “pop a cap” in his potatoe.
     
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    criminals threatening the judges.
     
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