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FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administration’s latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

More than half of war crimes court's members back tribunal

Jun. 23, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than half of the member states of the International Criminal Court voiced their support for the institution in a strongly worded statement issued Tuesday in response to the Trump administration’s decision to authorize sanctions against court staff. The 67 nations,...

ICC prosecutors seek to overturn Gbagbo acquittal

Jun. 22, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors sought Monday to overturn former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's acquittal last year on crimes against humanity charges stemming from his alleged role in post-election violence that killed 3,000 people nearly a decade ago. Gbagbo and former Ivorian youth...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2004 file photo, Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan, during a visit by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

Alleged Darfur militia leader appears before ICC judge

Jun. 15, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged Sudanese militia leader charged with more than 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur conflict appeared Monday before a judge at the International Criminal Court for the first time since his transfer to the court last week, and said the charges...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. Two families targeted in a campaign of violence more than five years ago are suing Khalifa Hifter, the military leader of east Libya in a suburban Virginia court. Hifter, a United States citizen and former Virginia resident, is accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings and torture under a rarely invoked law that allows for victims of these crimes committed in other countries to sue foreign officials in U.S. courts.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US court hears torture case against top Libyan commander

Jun. 12, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Two Libyan families presented their case against Libya’s east-based military commander Khalifa Hifter to an American court on Friday, in an unusual effort to hold him accountable for atrocities committed during the civil war. The plaintiffs’ suit, brought earlier this year under a seldom-used law,...

FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administration’s latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

International Criminal Court condemns US sanctions order

Jun. 12, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has condemned the Trump administration’s decision to authorize sanctions against court staff, saying it amounted to “an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings.” An...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks as Attorney General William Barr listens, during a joint briefing, Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the State Department in Washington, on an executive order signed by President Donald Trump aimed at the International Criminal Court. Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administration’s latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies.  (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

Jun. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a broadside against the International Criminal Court, President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized economic and travel sanctions against court workers investigating American troops and intelligence officials and those of allied nations, including Israel, for possible war crimes in...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2004 file photo, Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan, during a visit by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to hand over ex-leader to court

Jun. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called the surrender of Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb to the war crimes tribunal “a pivotal development” for victims awaiting justice and urged Sudan to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir and two...

-FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file image the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb has been arrested on war crimes charges related to the conflict in Darfur more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday. Kushayb surrended to authorities in a remote corner of northern Central African Republic, near the country's border with Sudan, International Criminal Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Sudan militia leader in custody on Darfur war crimes charges

Jun. 9, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — In a significant breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for crimes in Darfur, Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the devastating conflict, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was...

ICC rejects compensation claim by former Congo VP Bemba

May. 18, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Monday rejected a multimillion euro compensation claim by a former Congolese vice president who was cleared of war crimes charges after spending a decade in the court's custody. Jean-Pierre Bemba filed a claim for compensation and damages...

In this photo taken Monday, April 27, 2020, crowds of supporters of the ruling party gather for the start of the election campaign, in Bugendana, Gitega province, Burundi. Burundi is kicking out the World Health Organization's top official in the country Walter Kazadi Mulombo and three experts, saying they must leave by Friday, May 15, 2020, just days before the presidential election and after the WHO raised concerns about crowded political rallies which health officials say risk facilitating the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundi kicks out top WHO official in country ahead of vote

May. 14, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Burundi is kicking out the World Health Organization’s top official in the country just days before the presidential election and after the WHO raised concerns about crowded political rallies. A foreign ministry letter seen by The Associated Press says the WHO representative to...