United States bars entry to global court investigators

United States bars entry to global court investigators

"Just smile at them and tell them nicely, 'you can't do it here.' But if you persist, you will be deported", Panelo said when asked if the ICC will insist on pursuing an investigation.

A prosecutor now has a pending request to investigate actions of USA troops in Afghanistan.

"They appear not to know or simply ignore the fact that the jurisdictional crimes of the ICC are already covered by our domestic laws", Panelo said. "Taking action against those who work for the ICC sends a clear message to torturers and murderers alike: Their crimes may continue unchecked".

In leaving the ICC, the government had stressed that the country had a working justice system to prosecute rights cases and it was not necessary for complainants to go straight to the global court.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was prepared to take further steps, including economic sanctions, if the war crimes court goes ahead with any probe of USA or allied personnel.

"If you're responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of USA personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan you should not assume that you still have, or will get, a visa or that you will permitted to enter the United States", Pompeo added. He further threatened economic sanctions if an investigation grows.

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The secretary of state said visas could also be withheld from ICC personnel involved in conducting probes of USA allies, specifically Israel.

"The court regrets this development and encourages the Philippines to remain part of the ICC family", the court said in a statement. The Clinton administration in 2000 signed the Rome Statute that created the ICC but had reservations about the scope of the court's jurisdiction and never submitted it for ratification to the Senate, where there was broad bipartisan opposition to what lawmakers saw as a threat to US sovereignty.

"Trump administration threats against the ICC mask the real problem, the failure of United States authorities to address past torture and other abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency and USA armed forces", Dicker said.

However, the senator said that while the President has the "illusion", the ICC will continue its preliminary examination, "regardless of Duterte's nervous protests and feigned confidence in his lawyers' legal opinion on the matter".

With 123 member-states, including the entire European Union, the ICC was established in 2002 to prosecute war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity when a country is unable or unwilling to prosecute perpetrators. "This is precisely the ICC's role, to deliver justice for victims when all other doors are closed". Members of the US Congress who recognize the ICC as crucial for worldwide justice should call for rescinding this policy immediately.

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