The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, was received by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on 3 September 2020. The ICC President also met with the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, during his official visit to the Holy See.
During his audience, the ICC President briefed His Holiness on the Court's latest judicial developments as well as its achievements and challenges in fighting impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. He recalled the traditional role of the Holy See in anchoring and disseminating the message of peace to all humanity, and emphasized that that message resonates strongly with the mandate of the ICC, which is to reduce warfare and the devastating effects of armed conflicts through the rule of law.
The ICC President drew parallels between the coinciding values of the Holy See and the ICC, including supporting human rights and the rule of law, preventing human suffering brought by armed conflict, protecting the most vulnerable people, rebuilding communities and societies shattered by violence, and bringing messages of hope for a better future. In that sense, he underscored the union of purpose between the Holy See and the ICC in the pursuit of peace for humanity: the Holy See being a foremost spiritual agency for the message of peace, while the ICC seeks to discharge its mandate as an important temporal instrument for the actualization of peace.
The ICC President relayed how further, global support is needed for the Court. Referring to the current challenges to global values of peace and justice, he asked for support to encourage States to ratify the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the Court – and desist from attacking the Court as it fulfills its functions. Through such support for the system of international criminal justice and the Court's continued work, he said, dividends of peace through justice will inure to the benefit humanity wherever such dividends are in urgent need.
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#Phoenix; #ICE; #ERO; #67Arrests; #VOICE
Phoenix (US), Sep 3 (Canadian-Media): The results of recent enforcement actions conducted by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers throughout Arizona was announced Sep 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting arrested removable aliens, or have pending charges or convictions, for crimes involving victims, ICE reports said.
Data captured from July 13 to Aug. 20 shows that local ERO officers arrested more than 60 at-large individuals living illegally in the U.S., or who are removable from the U.S. due to their criminal convictions. Of the 67 arrested, 54 aliens had criminal convictions. The arrests were carried out by designated ERO Fugitive Operations Teams and Mobile Criminal Arrest Teams.
“These targeted arrests of convicted removable aliens represent some solace to those who suffered abuse – they will not be allowed to further victimize those in our communities,” said Corey Price, interim field office director for the Phoenix ERO office. “My officers executed these arrests with precision and professionalism, and I want to thank them for their efforts resulting in a successful targeted enforcement action.”
Many had multiple criminal convictions and pending charges for crimes committed against victims. Those crimes included: domestic violence, aggravated assault, possession of deadly weapons, illegal entry,molestation of a minor, kidnapping, sexual assault-carnal abuse, sexual offense against a child-fondling among other convictions.
In its attempts to target aliens other public safety and national security threats every day, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement and takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal immigration history.
Victims of crime are encouraged to contact ICE’s VOICE office for assistance, with its toll-free VOICE Hotline number: 1-855-48-VOICE.
#UN; #USSanctions; #ICC; #Law&Order
UN, Sep 2 (Canadian-Media): The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday noted “with concern” the imposition by the United States of sanctions against the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and another senior official, in the latest of a series of unilateral policy moves against the body.
International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Image credit: ICC
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the ICC of "illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction", announcing sanctions against Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Head of the Jurisdiction Complementarity and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko, in accordance with a US executive order issued in early June by President Donald Trump involving “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the ICC”.
Long-running objectionsThe court has faced criticism from the US since it was founded in 2004, and along with Russia and China, remains one of a dozen countries that have declined to sign up to its jurisdiction.
Mr. Pompeo made the accusation as The Hague-based court probes whether US forces have committed alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
Calling the ICC “a thoroughly broken and corrupted institution”, the Secretary of State reminded that the US never ratified the Rome Statute that created the court, adding “we will not tolerate its illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction”.
He maintained that the US was taking this step, “because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly”.
UN watching ‘closely’
On behalf of the UN chief António Guterres, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric acknowledged the US statement, saying, “we continue to closely follow developments on this matter”.
“We will be analyzing any possible implications that this development may have with respect to the implementation of the Agreement”, he continued.
Cooperation between the UN and the ICC is founded on their Relationship Agreement, which was approved by the General Assembly on 13 September 2004.
In line with previous statements of the US Secretary of State, Mr. Dujarric said, “we trust that any restrictions taken against individuals would be implemented consistently with the Host Country’s obligations” under the UN Headquarters Agreement.
As the top prosecutor, Ms. Bensouda has visited the US frequently to attend key meetings in the Security Council.
Court condemns 'unprecedented' attack
The new measures "are another attempt to interfere with the Court's judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute", said the ICC in a statement released late on Wednesday.
"These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally."
The Court said it would continue to "stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world's most serious crimes under international law, independently and impartially, in accordance with its mandate.
"In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world's States which are parties to the Rome Statute."
Meanwhile, O-Gon Kwon, President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) – the Court's management oversight and legislative body – strongly rejected what he also described as the “unprecedented” measures against the treaty-based international organization.
“I deeply regret measures targeting Court officials, staff and their families”, he said.
Calling the ICC an “independent and impartial” court of law that “operates in strict adherence to the provisions of the Rome Statute”, he said he would convene an extraordinary meeting of the Bureau next week, “to consider how to renew our unwavering commitment to the Court”.
He concluded with a call to the States Parties and all involved with the Rome Statute system to “reiterate once more our relentless commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any measures and threats against the Court and its officials, staff and their families”.
Meanwhile, Agnes Callamard, an independent UN Human Rights expert and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions tweeted that she was “speechless”, following the news of the US sanctions move against the Chief Prosecutor.
#USEconomicSanctions; #ICC; #ICCRomeStatue
New York, Sep 2 (Canadian-Media): The economic sanctions imposed by the US earlier today on the Court’s Prosecutor and a member of her Office was condemned by the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), ICC reports said.
ICC. Image credit: Twitter handle
Pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, the new measures announced are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute.
These unprecedented coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally.
The Court's firm standing by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes under international law, are independent and impartial in accordance with its mandate.
In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world’s States which are parties to the Rome Statute.