EU backs ICC after US condemnation of the court

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini reiterated that the EU remains a staunch supporter of the International Criminal Court (ICC) despite the U.S. condemnation of the tribunal.

This came in Mogherini’s speech on Thursday at the plenary session of the European Parliament on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, published on the EU website. “We will continue to fully and strongly support the ICC and its work,” she said.

Mogherini said the ICC “has strengthened universal justice beyond power politics and beyond geopolitical interests”, adding that “accountability is essential to build the foundations for peace.”

US National security adviser John Bolton denounced the ICC earlier this week just as a judge weighs whether to investigate allegations of war crimes against the United States and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan since 2003.

In his speech targeting the ICC, Bolton questioned the legitimacy of The Hague-based court, its mission and mandate. He warned that the US would thwart any attempt by its prosecutors to open investigations into Americans for alleged war crimes and other abuses in conflicts in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Source: International Islamic News Agency