Statement on Administration’s Announcement of Sanctions Against ICC Officials

September 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after the United States imposed sanctions on senior officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“I oppose in the strongest possible terms today’s sanctions on International Criminal Court staff. Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko have dedicated their lives and careers to the pursuit of justice for the worst atrocities human beings commit against one another. That they would be punished for this work by the United States – a leading champion of international justice since Nuremberg – is nothing short of a tragedy. This is another transparent attempt by the Trump Administration to isolate us from the rest of the world. And it is yet another example of replacing true global leadership and cooperation in the world with empty bluster that has already united our closest allies in opposition to us.

“Last April, Rep. Jim McGovern and I led a letter opposing the visa ban on Prosecutor Bensouda and other ICC staff. In February of this year, I introduced a resolution to encourage the United States to finally join the vast majority of our closest allies as a full member of the Court. The belief that no one is above the law, and that the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide should face justice, is central to my foreign policy vision. It used to be central to the United States vision as well. Today is a profound betrayal of our most deeply held values.”