Knesset liaison to ICC says ‘absurd’ for court to claim probe will be impartial

MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh, the “Knesset Liaison on Matters Concerning the International Criminal Court,” says the claim from the ICC prosecutor that the investigation into alleged war crimes will be “conducted independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor,” is “absurd.”

She says the decision comes “after ignoring renowned legal scholars, international legal principles, and amici briefs of seven governments, and instead favoring information provided by terror-tied NGOs and non-legally binding UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council Resolutions.”

“All trustees of international law and human rights, as well as ICC Member States and donors, must recognize and address the harm this decision causes to the foundational principles of the Rome Statute and its intended mandate, undermining the ability and responsibility to serve as a court of last resort for victims of the most heinous crimes needing its protection,” Cotler-Wunsh says.

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