(THE HAGUE) ICC REPORT: US Government to revoke Executive Order 13928, ending sanctions against the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, and a senior staff member of her office, Phakiso Mochochoko, as well as visa restrictions on certain their personnel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.05: The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) who is mindful that the United States has traditionally made important contributions to the cause of international criminal justice. The Court stands ready to reengage with the US in the continuation of that tradition based on mutual respect and constructive engagement:

‘The ICC welcomes the decision by the US Government ending sanctions and visa restrictions against ICC personnel’ Today, President Biden revoked Executive Order 13928 on “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the International Criminal Court (ICC),” ending the threat and imposition of economic sanctions and visa restrictions in connection with the Court: As a result, the sanctions imposed by the previous administration against ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, have been lifted. The Department of State also terminated the separate 2019 policy on visa restrictions on certain ICC personnel. These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective’

We are encouraged that States Parties to the Rome Statute are considering a broad range of reforms to help the Court prioritize its resources and to achieve its core mission of serving as a court of last resort in punishing and deterring atrocity crimes. We think this reform is a worthwhile effort:

We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations: We maintain our longstanding objection to the Court’s efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel. We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions:

Our support for the rule of law, access to justice, and accountability for mass atrocities are important U.S. national security interests that are protected and advanced by engaging with the rest of the world to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow: Since the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals after World War II, U.S. leadership meant that history permanently recorded fair judgments issued by international tribunals against justly convicted defendants from the Balkans to Cambodia, to Rwanda and elsewhere. We have carried on that legacy by supporting a range of international, regional, and domestic tribunals, and international investigative mechanisms for Iraq, Syria, and Burma, to realize the promise of justice for victims of atrocities. We will continue to do so through cooperative relationships:

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In the fulfilment of its independent and impartial judicial mandate, the Court acts strictly within the confines of the Rome Statute, as a Court of last resort, in a manner complementary to national jurisdictions. The Court relies on the support and cooperation of its States Parties, representing all regions of the world, and of the international community more broadly.


For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.05: 2021:

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US: ” Emily’s List – ‘Abortion Restrictions’ Forbidding Healthcare in Certain States”

#AceNewsServices says just received by our news desk courtesy of "Mother Jones" and their team:

Dear Friend,

Think the Republican War on Women is finally over? Think again.

Here’s a terrifying statistic: State legislatures have passed more abortion restrictions in the past two years than they had in the previous decade.

And it’s not just in the red states. We’re talking about states like Michigan, where the state legislature just passed a bill forbidding health insurance from covering abortions — with NO exemptions for rape or incest.

There’s one sure fire way that we can stop this calculated attack on women’s rights: By electing more pro-choice, Democratic women up and down the ballot. That’s what EMILY’s List has worked to do for nearly 30 years.

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Director of Communications, EMILY’s List

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