ICC drops Afghanistan war crimes investigation

April 11, 2019 4:07 pm0 commentsViews: 81

United States President Donald Trump welcomed the International Criminal Court decision to drop Afghanistan war crimes investigation.

In a statement he said, “This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law… We welcome this decision.”

He added that the country holds American citizens to highest legal and ethical standards and any attempt to target them will be met with vigorous response.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said the development is vindication of the strong opposition of Trump administration in international court.

In a press briefing he said, “This is a vindication of the president’s support for American sovereignty, and a rejection of the idea that there can be accountability for American citizens by any authority other than American constitutional institutions.”

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch has called the move as devastating blow to victims of human rights violations.

Param-Preet Singh, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said the move is devastating blow to those who have suffered the crimes and it will spread a dangerous message.

About a month ago US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said visa would be restricted to ICC personnel who are seeking to investigate allegations of war crimes.

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