President Joe Biden just reversed a critical Trump administration-era foreign policy by removing sanctions on visa restrictions for the officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fox News reported.
The ICC works to investigate accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity as well as war crimes.
However, in September of 2020, former ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was the subject of said sanctions after
her investigation into potential war crimes perpetrated by America in Afghanistan.
The same sanctions were applied to The ICC’s Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko for assisting with the investigation.
While the actions of the Biden administration seem to indicate a lack of concern about the investigations and/or accusations being made, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken did give his country lip service, saying that the United States rejects the ICC’s allegations.
“These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective,” Blinken said in a Friday statement.
He also added, “We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations.”
By way of perspective, Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-MN) had high praise for the lifting of sanctions, saying in a statement “The staff of the International Criminal Court are public servants who dedicate their life to enforcing the most heinous crimes imaginable.”
“If we are to live up to our values of respect for human rights and democratic norms, United States should be leading the pursuit of international justice, not blocking it.”