US Opposes War Crimes Court

US--The US is fighting a behind-the-scenes battle to gut the International Criminal Court. The ICC was established under the 1998 Rome Treaty to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. While 94 countries have signed the treaty and eight nations have ratified it, the US and six other countries--including Iraq, Libya, and China--oppose the court. The US does not want the genocide or war crimes laws applied to US "peacekeeping forces" on foreign interventions. The US has asked that cases placed before the ICC should first be approved the United Nations Security Council (where the US enjoys a veto).

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