The authorities of the United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) have expressed their expressed concerns over the United States recent decision to impose sanctions against some International Criminal Court (ICC) officials involved in investigations into possible war crimes by US forces in Afghanistan.
The independence of the ICC and its ability to operate without interference must be guaranteed so that it can decide matters without any improper influence, threats or interference from any quarter, Xinhua quoted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville as saying on Friday. Colville stressed that victims of human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law and their families have the right to redress and the truth.
In a statement issued on Thursday the White House informed that US President Donald Trump has authorized economic sanctions against ICC officials who are "directly engaged with any effort to investigate or prosecute United States personnel without the consent of the United States,". Apart from economic sanctions expansion of visa restrictions against these officials and their family members was also announced. The ICC had in March 2020 authorized an investigation into possible war crimes in Afghanistan, including those that may have been committed by the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency. The investigations could lead to indictment of US military and intelligence personnel.