Why is the US targeting the International Criminal Court? | Inside Story

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The United States is facing criticism around the world for its latest threats against the International Criminal Court.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order sanctioning the ICC’s staff and their families.
The US, which is not a member of the Hague-based tribunal, is angry at investigations into suspected war crimes in Afghanistan that could implicate its soldiers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the ICC a “kangaroo court”.
The International Criminal Court has rejected the sanctions as an unprecedented attack.
So, what’s behind president Trump’s move?
And what will be its impact on international justice?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Fergal Gaynor – Counsel at the International Criminal Court and legal representative of victims in Afghanistan

Brett Schaefer – Jay Kingham Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Toby Cadman – International Human Rights Lawyer and Co-Founder of Guernica 37 at International Justice Chambers.

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