Trump Sanctions ICC Personnel, Draws Sharp Rebuke

U.S. President Donald Trump has slapped sanctions on International Criminal Court employees directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan. Trump’s executive order imposes economic sanctions and travel restrictions on the employees. “The International Criminal Court’s actions are an attack on the rights of the American people and threaten to infringe upon our national sovereignty,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. Reported by CNN. Read more… Reported by The Guardian. Read more…The ICC pushed back, saying the move was an “unprecedented” strike against the world’s ability to prosecute wrongdoing by state actors. O-Gon Kwon, president of the Assembly of States Parties, which manages and oversees the ICC, said “These measures are unprecedented. They undermine our common endeavor to fight impunity and to ensure accountability for mass atrocities. I deeply regret measures targeting Court officials, staff and their families.” America’s allies also pushed back. E.U. foreign policy chief Josep Borrel said that court “must be respected and supported by all nations,” while Dutch Foreign Minster Stef Blok said he was “very disturbed” and that “The ICC is crucial in the fight against impunity and upholding international rule of law.” Human Rights Watch weighed in as well, saying Trump’s actions “demonstrates contempt for the global rule of law.” Reported by UPI. Read more… Reported by The Hill. Read more… Reported by Reuters. Read more…