The United Nations welcomes the lifting of U.S. sanctions against criminal court officials

Apr 7, 2021

In a statement issued through his spokesman, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the U.S. decision to lift sanctions and visa restrictions on ICC officials.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday rescinded an executive order by his predecessor, the Trump administration, that sanctioned officials of the International Criminal Court. The Trump administration issued the order after the International Criminal Court announced an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by all parties to the war in Afghanistan, including the United States.

Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Executive Order No. 13928 of 11 June 2020 imposed economic sanctions on ICC Prosecutor Bensouda and Fakiso Mochochoko, Director of the Court’s Division of Justice, Complementarity and Cooperation.

The Biden administration also ended another 2019 policy that imposed visa restrictions on certain International Criminal Court staff. “These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures taken were inappropriate and ineffective,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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