The EU called on the United States to change its position since sanctions are “unacceptable and unprecedented in scale and content.”
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrel, called “unacceptable” possible US sanctions against employees of the International Criminal Court. This is stated in his statement, distributed on Tuesday, June 16.
“The sanctions against those involved in the work of the ICC, its employees and their families, as well as those associated with the ICC, are unacceptable and unprecedented in scale and content. We urge the United States to change its position,” the statement said.
Borrell added that “the EU expresses serious concern about the announced measures and reiterates its continued support for the International Criminal Court.”
“In managing the fight against impunity, the ICC should be able to work independently and impartially. The EU remains committed to protecting the court from any external interference aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international criminal justice system,” the diplomat said.
At present, “strengthening the international criminal justice system is more important than ever,” Borrell said.
“The EU will continue to advocate for the universality of the Rome Statute and will invite all states that have not yet done so to consider joining the ICC to end impunity for the most serious crimes,” the EU diplomacy summed up.
Earlier it was reported that on June 11, US President Donald Trump signed a decree that allowed economic sanctions to be introduced against ICC officers investigating war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump declared the Hague Tribunal illegal
Recall, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is investigating alleged war crimes committed in 2003-2014 in Afghanistan, and the possible involvement of the Taliban, Afghan authorities, US soldiers, and the CIA.
In March of this year, the ICC approved the investigation.