The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday (June 11) rejected a decision by US President Donald Trump to authorize sanctions against any official investigating American troops over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
The court said in a statement that the US President’s decision will undermine our common endeavor to fight impunity and to ensure accountability for mass atrocities.
“These are the latest in a series of unprecedented attacks on the ICC,” the Hague-based court said in a statement.
“These attacks constitute an escalation and an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings,” said the ICC.
Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to block the financial assets of court employees and bar them and their immediate relatives from entering the US.
The administration accused the court, which the US has never recognised, of infringing on its sovereignty.
“We cannot, we will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing the move.