Bolton Says International Court 'Dead to Us'


Among the responses, Mr. Bolton says, the US would ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the country.

"In theory, the ICC holds perpetrators of the most egregious atrocities accountable for their crimes, provides justice to the victims, and deters future abuses".

"The United States", Mr. Bolton said, "will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court". That's not all: "We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the USA criminal system", Bolton will say, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the United States for launching a blistering verbal attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying the boorishness of this rogue U.S. regime seems to know no bounds.

The Bolton speech today isolates the United States from worldwide criminal justice and severely undermines our leadership in bringing perpetrators of atrocity crimes to justice elsewhere in the world....

After explaining the inadequacy of the ICC's defense mechanisms against prosecutorial abuse and its incompatibility with the legal protections afforded American citizens, Bolton poignantly asked his Federalist Society audience: "Would you consign the fate of American citizens to a committee of other nations, including Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and entities that are not even states, like the Palestinian Authority?".

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said it will continue "undeterred" in the face of threats by the US.

Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. Few people believe the prosecutor could conduct a successful trial of US officials, and any investigation of the USA would result in a cutoff of US intelligence, diplomatic and military assistance to the court and enormous pressure on USA allies not to cooperate.

Bolton threatened sanctions against its judges if they proceed with a probe into alleged war crimes by Americans. "Where is the outrage?" he wrote on his Twitter account.

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"We lost the USA administration but we gained our national rights", Zomlot said. After the ICC rebuked SA for not arresting Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir in 2015, SA tried to withdraw from the court, only to be forced to retract that decision on procedural grounds. Al-Bashir remains at large, as does Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who was among the first rebels charged by the court in 2005.

In a statement responding to Bolton's attack, The Hague-based court defended its independence and impartiality, with the backing of 123 nations. Others have quit: Burundi and the Philippines, whose departure, announced earlier this year, takes effect next March.

The United States did not ratify the Rome treaty that established the ICC in 2002, when President George W. Bush opposed the court.

On this issue, Mr Bolton said neither Afghanistan nor any government signatory to the ICC's Rome Statute had made such a request.

Akwei said the US should sign the Rome agreement creating the court and "support, not impede, its investigations". John's speech reflects a return to the anti-ICC policies of the Bush administration's first term, and more.

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

"The court's jurisdiction is subject to the primary jurisdiction of states themselves to investigate and prosecute allegations of those crimes and bring justice to the affected communities".

Bolton went on to accuse the PLO leadership of '(condemning) a United States peace plan they have not yet see and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise'. "It certainly has no consent whatsoever from the United States".