What now for International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, in the Netherlands, has been controversial from the start.

Set up to prosecute individuals for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, for many it has been a beacon of hope. For others though, the over-representation of African defendants has made the ICC a tool of imperialist powers only interested in the affairs of weaker states.

Now, in a searing speech, National Security Advisor to Donald Trump, John Bolton has said, the International Criminal Court is “dead to us” and labelled the court as “illegitimate”. He also went as far as threatening ICC officials and prosecutors with sanctions and legal action and even said those individuals could be barred from entering the country.

The timing of his words comes as no surprise though. The court is getting ready to investigate horrendous detainee abuse in Afghanistan by American soldiers.

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