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ICC ‘undeterred’ after US sanctions threat

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said its work would continue "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its judges if Americans are charged with war crimes committed in Afghanistan. France and Germany also weighed in to support the Hague-based court after White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said the ICC was "already dead to us". "The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of…

Philippines moves to quit ICC: What does it mean?

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday a move towards quitting the International Criminal Court, which has launched a preliminary examination of his deadly drug war. Here are five questions and answers on what it means: Why did Duterte do it? The ICC announced on February 9 a preliminary examination into allegations Philippine police have killed thousands of alleged users or dealers as part of Duterte's anti-drug war that he launched after taking office in mid-2016. Duterte had…

Turkey ‘laughed off’ demand to arrest Sudan leader

ISTANBUL: Turkey "laughed off" a demand from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest Sudan's wanted leader when he attended a summit in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, on December 13 attended a summit of Islamic nations called by Erdogan to denounce US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan told Turkish reporters in an interview that the…

ICC vows new focus on crimes against children

THE HAGUE: Children don't start wars, and yet millions around the world are caught up in conflicts -- conscripted into militias, felled by deadly bombing raids, robbed of their homes and families. Now the International Criminal Court has pledged to place a special focus on prosecuting crimes against children, unveiling a new policy on Wednesday. The aim is "to more robustly address the scourge of crimes against children," said ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Her office also wants to "put the spotlight firmly on…

Russia withdraws signature from International Criminal Court founding statute

MOSCOW: Russia said Wednesday it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court, saying the tribunal has failed to live up to the hopes of the international community. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome Statute setting up the ICC, the world's first permanent war crimes court, but never ratified the treaty. "The court did not live up to the hopes associated with it and did not become truly independent," Russia's foreign ministry said, describing its work as "one-sided and…

US rejects ICC ‘war crimes’ probe

WASHINGTON: The United States insisted Tuesday its soldiers and spies in Afghanistan are not subject to prosecution by the International Criminal Court and any war crimes probe into their actions would be "unwarranted." On Monday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is considering whether to launch a full investigation into allegations that US troops and CIA operators tortured Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004. But Washington has not ratified the Hague-based court's founding Rome Statute, and State…