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May 19, 2024 4:21 pm

An ICC warrant against Putin is good – and hypocritical

The Hague, Netherlands – The limitations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have once again been brought into sharp focus, as the court faces criticism for its handling of recent cases.

The ICC, which is based in The Hague, is the world’s first permanent court for the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. It was established in 2002 with the aim of bringing to justice those responsible for the most serious international crimes.

However, the court has been criticized for its limited jurisdiction and lack of enforcement powers. The ICC can only investigate and prosecute crimes committed in countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, which established the court. In addition, the ICC has no police force or military capability to arrest suspects, and relies on member countries to cooperate with its investigations.

The limitations of the ICC have been highlighted in recent cases, including the ongoing conflict in Syria. The ICC has been unable to investigate or prosecute those responsible for the atrocities committed in the country, as Syria is not a member of the court and the United Nations Security Council has not referred the situation to the ICC.

Similarly, the ICC has been criticized for its handling of cases in Africa, where it has focused its attention in recent years. Critics argue that the ICC has been selective in its prosecutions, targeting African leaders while ignoring crimes committed by Western powers.

In response to the criticism, the ICC has defended its record, saying that it has been successful in bringing to justice those responsible for some of the world’s most heinous crimes. The court has pointed to its recent conviction of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen, as well as its ongoing investigations into crimes committed in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Myanmar.

Despite the challenges it faces, the ICC remains an important institution in the fight against impunity for international crimes. As the court continues its work, it will be important to address the limitations and ensure that it has the resources and support it needs to carry out its mandate effectively.

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