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CICC Urges President Trump to Stop Threatening ICC


The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) has written to U.S.
President Donald J. Trump to urge him to “lift all sanctions against the ICC Prosecutor and
disavow the increasing threats against other ICC staff and their families made by
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo” in a letter dated March 27, 2020.
The CICC is a global network of over 2500 civil society organizations campaigning for an effective,
independent, resilient and standard-setting ICC and fighting for justice for victims of genocide, war
crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression . 

“The current U.S. policy of undermining judicial institutions and punishing those who
dedicate their lives to fighting impunity patently goes against U.S. values,” said Ricardo
Izquierdo, Legal Officer at the CICC.
The Coalition’s letter recalled the role of the U.S. and its allies in laying the building blocks
of the modern international criminal justice system by establishing the International
Military Tribunals after World War II.

“[W]e are appalled that your administration has decided to undermine the ICC, an
international criminal tribunal that expanded upon the principles and legacy of
Nuremberg, with sanctions,” wrote the CICC in the letter.

The letter, which was also sent to U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, further calls
on the U.S., particularly as a Permanent Member of the U.N. Security Council, to “adopt a
responsible foreign policy that promotes peace, security, and justice in the world.”

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