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International Criminal Court: U.S. Response to Examination of Atrocity Crimes in Afghanistan [Updated April 16, 2019]   [open pdf - 500KB]

From the Document: "On April 5, 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revoked the U.S. travel visa permitting International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to enter the United States, unless visiting U.N. headquarters in New York, citing legal authority (8 U.S.C. §1182(a)(3)(C)(i)) to restrict entry of persons 'whose ... proposed activities in the United States would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences.' Secretary Pompeo explained the reason for the decision was Ms. Bensouda's possible investigation of allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in and related to Afghanistan since 2002, arguing such activities could 'illegitimately target American personnel for prosecutions and sentencing.' The Secretary's decision is the latest development in the recent worsening of U.S.-ICC relations, a relationship in which Congress has involved itself through legislation and oversight since the ICC's creation."

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CRS Insight, IN11101
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2019-04-16
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