Trump Tries To Stop International Criminal Court From Investigating War Crimes By Bush Admin
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration will revoke or deny visas for International Criminal Court personnel who try to investigate war crimes committed by U.S. forces under the Bush administration.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report in 2014 that showed war crimes — torture and murder — committed by U.S. forces at black sites, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The International Criminal Court, based in Hague, said that it will continue to operate and is “undeterred” by the Trump administration, notes the Associated Press.
Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program — which currently represents Khaled El Masri, Suleiman Salim, and Mohamed Ben Soud all of whom were detained and tortured in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2008 — said the Trump administration was trying to avoid accountability for U.S. war crimes:
This is an unprecedented attempt to skirt international accountability for well-documented war crimes that haunt our clients to this day.
It reeks of the very totalitarian practices that are characteristic of the worst human rights abusers, and is a blatant effort to intimidate and retaliate against judges, prosecutors, and advocates seeking justice for victims of serious human rights abuses.
We won’t rest until we get to the bottom of this, and are considering options on behalf of those potentially impacted by this misguided and dangerous policy.