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ICC declines to investigate US troops in Afghanistan

International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands

International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced it will not pursue an investigation into alleged war crimes by US troops and allies in Afghanistan.

On Friday, a panel of ICC judges rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to investigate war crimes alleged to have been in Afghanistan by the US military and intelligence services. US President Donald Trump praised the decision.

"This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law," he said in a statement.

Trump noted the United States has "consistently declined" to join the court because of the court's "broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers" and "the threat it poses to American sovereignty," as well as other factors that the White House considers "deficiencies that render it illegitimate."

"Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response," the U.S. president said.

In a separate statement Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said such an investigation "would not serve the interests of justice." 

He called it "a victory for the rule of law and the integrity of the ICC as an institution, given that the United States is not subject to the ICC's jurisdiction."

Washington signed, but never ratified, the Rome Statute that founded the tribunal in 2002. While the United States worked with the ICC under the Obama administration to bring Ugandan militants to justice, the Trump administration has been strongly critical of the organization.

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0 #1 kabayekka 2019-04-14 11:32
It is interesting that when USA was a British colony and then after its Great Independence from Britain, it used to criticise British rule as an international uninjustice.

Now it has its own Great Empire to run, one wonders what exactly is human rights and international justice these days?
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+1 #2 Jonathan Luyirika 2019-04-14 20:00
USA.....self sytled champion of human rights has shamefully joined the axes of evil like Uganda and South Africa which dread the idea of bringing those who committed war crime and human rights abuses to justice.

l vividly remember that my neighbor once called ICC a serpent that should leave African continent.

To be precisely he was defending his neighbor who has been and still on wanted list for human rights abuses and war crime.
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0 #3 Akot 2019-04-14 20:29
This is the only reasonable dicision of ICC as US involvement in that war was precipitated decision without weighing consequenses & was purely to show USA power face to wide spread terrorist acts at the time.

When I joined this forum a few years ago, I said involvement of developed world in wars yonder helpe reinhforce bad rule/maintain dictators in power, while terrorists claim they are better alternative!

But this ICC decision can only be concluded by USA withdrawing from that war/country.

How can ICC persue US troops and allies in Afghanistan while the cause/reason of that war is not treated by Afghans themselves?

Just as how would ICC pursue Museveni for crimes against Ugandans when it's our people who let him tribalistically divide & rule them, let the demon use them against one another?...
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0 #4 Akot 2019-04-14 20:31
...ICC cannot continue wasting time bringing to justice murderers/war mongers..., as there are never witness to help the court lock them away, but forced to let them go free finally!

Some of these demons go back to run for presidency in the very countries they destroyed.
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0 #5 Akot 2019-04-14 20:48
[rump noted the United States has "consistently declined" to join the court because of the court's "broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers" and "the threat it poses to American sovereignty,"]

Understandable.

USA law makers treat D. Trump with disdain as if it was them who elected the president who is doing exactly what he said he would do & was elected for!

Why has D.Trump not pulled USA out of UN as this body is a blockage to bringing good rule in Africa...?

Migration sending South/Central Americans looking for better life in USA is due to bad rule; D. Trump knows it, but USA law makers are blinded by power & want the president out for being firm!
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0 #6 Akot 2019-04-14 21:00
[While the United States worked with the ICC under the Obama administration to bring Ugandan militants to justice, the Trump administration has been strongly critical of the organization.]

Trump administration is lucide, knows no one can bring justice to Uganda tribalistically divided & ruled by migrant Museveni, but Ugandans themselves!

This was proved by Acholi saying NO to Kony & he has base/squats foreign land instead of Acholiland, right?

What if tribal leaders bring down the ribalistic stystem keeping Museveni in power, will this make Ugandans criminals?

If US troops sent by Obama had captured Kony, handed him to ICC, would this have changed the dictatoraial tribalistic 1 man rule in Uganda?

So, who was Obama helping, if not Museveni?
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-04-15 16:27
In other words, all governments are CRIMINALS AGAINST HUMANITY!
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0 #8 kabayekka 2019-04-15 23:40
There are thousands of Afro American citizens locked up in many American correctional jails in the USA.

And many more are on death row for human rights misappropriation. Now then if American citizens commit murder against foreigners, and there is an international court to sort that out, how then does such an act break international human rights conventions?

The ICC must come out and explain to the members of this court why it is failing to defend the weakest human beings of this planet against particularly American aggressors or murderers?
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