ICC: Judges Reject Afghanistan Investigation

ICC: Judges Reject Afghanistan Investigation

The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague rejected the request of the prosecutor for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Afghanistan, the ICC announced on Friday.

They, however, said that the prosecutor's "request establishes a reasonable basis to consider that crimes within the ICC jurisdiction have been committed in Afghanistan".

Due to its prioritization of investigative inquiries, the court has decided that pursuing this investigation would not be an efficient use of its resources.

In a lengthy written ruling, judges said an investigation "would not serve the interests of justice"; this is because an investigation and prosecution are unlikely to be successful as those targeted, including the United States, Afghan authorities and the Taliban, are not expected to cooperate.

In the past, some African observers have accused the court of abandoning the pursuit of global justice in favour of the pursuit only of African leaders, and the failure to investigate the war in Afghanistan may provoke renewed calls for an African Union walkout.

The court investigates and brings to justice people responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, intervening when national authorities can not or will not prosecute.

"By closing the door on this investigation, the ICC judges have let political considerations outweigh the rights of victims to see their abusers held to account", Singh said.

Human Rights Watch on Friday called the ICC's decision a "devastating blow" to the victims of human rights violations.

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"The court has a moral and legal duty to reach out to the victims of crimes in Afghanistan and explain this decision", Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

"This is a major global victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law", the White House said in a Friday statement applauding the ICC's decision.

In 2017, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda sought authorization to begin the investigation.

In 2017, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked judges to allow a full-blown probe not only into the Taliban and Afghan soldiers, but also worldwide forces, particularly U.S. troops and members of the Central Intelligence Agency.

"If you are responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of US personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, you should not assume that you still have or will get a visa or will be permitted to enter the United States", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ICC employees March 15, TIME reported. “Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution, ” it said, “will be met with a swift and vigorous response.” The doctrine reflects the fact that our GIs are under the jurisdiction of our own juridical authorities.

Washington has opposed the investigation saying that the court threatened USA sovereignty and has not signed the Rome Statute.

United States administrations have long criticised the ICC. "With this decision, people will lose hope of getting justice and they might take revenge, fueling conflict in the country", she told The Associated Press.

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