The US has a very difficult relationship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. IN...

12:36 18.03.2023 Telegram review

The US has a very difficult relationship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague . In 2000, Clinton signed the Rome Statute - but it was never ratified. With the coming to power of the Republicans, The Hague began to be perceived as an anti-American judicial enclave.

In 2002, Bush Jr. passed a law that was nicknamed the “Invasion of The Hague Act” . It provides for the use of any measures - up to military ones - to protect American soldiers, whom the Hague court will try to judge for something.

Once again, relations between Washington and The Hague escalated already under Trump. In 2017, the International Criminal Court began considering charges against US soldiers. They were accused of frequently torturing and beating Afghans in CIA prisons and Guantanamo in 2003 and 2004.

In response , the Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the judges of the International Criminal Court . In addition, according to the decision of the White House in 2020, any foreigner cooperating with the Hague court may face a freeze of bank accounts in the United States and a ban on entering the country.

Trump's then adviser John Bolton was especially zealous against the Hague court . He pointed out that over 20 years, one and a half billion dollars had been spent on the work of the court. However, during all this time, the court managed to sue only eight people - all of them from Africa. Bolton demanded that other countries refuse to comply with the decisions of the Hague court - so that he quickly died a natural death.

Republicans are actively criticizing the Hague Court for encroaching on American sovereignty. When Democrats control the White House, the attitude towards it remains neutral and indifferent. After 2024, the administration in Washington may change. And in this case, the Republican who came to power - Trump or DeSantis - can simply finish off the criminal court in The Hague, accusing him of promoting an anti-American and anti-Israeli agenda , writes Malek Dudakov

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