Rights groups warn against USA flouting global court

Rights groups warn against USA flouting global court

The United States will consider prohibiting judges and prosecutors from with the court in The Hague from entering the United States, imposing sanctions on any funds they have in the USA financial system, and prosecuting them in US courts, it says. He unloaded on the "illegitimate" International Criminal Court and warned its judges they will pay a stiff price if they go after U.S. troops in Afghanistan, reports the New York Times.

Bolton's speech comes after the ICC in November 2017 the ICC prosecutor asked to investigate crimes allegedly committed by members of the US military who served in Afghanistan. Although the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO has maintained in Washington a general delegation office that facilitates Palestinian officials' interactions with the USA government.

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said it had submitted a new complaint over an Israeli "war crime" against a Palestinian village in the West Bank, expected to be demolished by the Israeli army in the coming days. He warned the ICC, which the United States hasn't joined, that it could face penalties if it "comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies".

"The U.S. threats against the ICC are a coup against the rules in the global system", he said.

The latest submission came a day after the U.S. confirmed it would close the PLO's office in Washington, the highest Palestinian representation in the country, amid worsening relations between the two.

The Palestine Liberation Organization, commonly known as the PLO, formally represents all Palestinians.

"We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, that we will not succumb to USA threats and bullying", Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said in a statement.

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The announcement included a warning to the International Criminal Court saying that "this decision is also consistent with the administration and Congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court".

"We will negotiate even more binding bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering USA persons to the ICC", said Bolton. She criticized the PLO for condemning a USA peace plan "they have not yet seen". For months, progress on this front has been devolving, with Israel refusing to deal with a side that is beholden to terrorists and the Palestinians deciding willy nilly that the U.S.

Bolton went on to proclaim that the USA will not cooperate with the ICC, even financially.

The move comes after Palestinian officials urged the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli officials for "war crimes" throughout the region.

ICC judges and prosecutors would be barred from entering the United States and their funds in the USA would be sanctioned. And we certainly will not join the ICC. Former President Bill Clinton signed the convention in 2000, but it was never presented to Congress for ratification and former President George W. Bush unsigned the statute in 2002. We will provide no assistance to the ICC.

Liz Evenson, associate worldwide justice director at Human Rights Watch, told AFP news agency that Mr Bolton had shown "callous disregard for victims of atrocity crimes" and that the United States was "more concerned with coddling serial rights abusers. than supporting impartial justice". Bush's Democratic successor, Barack Obama, took some steps to cooperate with it. But Bolton said the ICC has been "ineffective" and "unaccountable".

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