France reaffirms its support for the ICC following US sanctions

International Criminal Court – Announcement of individual sanctions by the United States – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 3 September 2020

I learned of the US authorities’ announcement on 2 September 2020 of individual sanctions against Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and Phakiso Mochochoko, Head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division.

On 12 June 2020, I had expressed my dismay over the US Government’s adoption of the executive order of 11 June 2020, which serves as a basis for the adoption of these individual sanctions.

The measures announced on 2 September represent a serious attack on the Court and the States Parties to the Rome Statute and, beyond that, a challenge to multilateralism and the independence of the judiciary.

France reaffirms its steadfast support for the International Criminal Court and its staff, as well as the independence of the judiciary.

It calls on the United States to withdraw these measures.

France will continue to mobilize its efforts to ensure that the Court is able to fulfil its mission independently and impartially, in accordance with the Rome Statute./.

Published on 04/09/2020

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