The US government of Joe Biden on Friday lifted the sanctions against judges and staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) imposed by Donald Trump.
U.S. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said in a statement that the United States continued to oppose the court’s willingness to investigate Afghanistan or Israel, but added that Washington wanted to evoke these cases ” through dialogue with all the actors in the process in connection with the ICC rather than by the imposition of sanctions “.
President Biden therefore ” revoked ” the presidential decree of last June which allowed judges to be punished, ” putting an end to the threat ” of economic sanctions and visa restrictions, he announced. ” As a result, the sanctions imposed by the previous government against the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda ” and another official, Phakiso Mochochoko, ” were lifted “, he added, as well as several visa restrictions imposed in 2019. against members of the staff of the court based in The Hague. ” These decisions reflect our analysis that these measures were inappropriate and ineffective, ” insisted the Secretary of State.
The Trump administration sanctioned the prosecutor in September, as part of an unprecedented offensive against the ICC to warn her against any prosecution against the US military for their involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan.