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Moscow Holds International Justice in Contempt | Human Rights Watch

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has issued an order to notify the United Nations that Russia was withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute, the treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia never ratified the statute and was not a member of the ICC, so its withdrawal has no practical impact. But the move has symbolic significance, driving home again Russia’s contempt for international efforts to enforce human rights.

… The consequence is symbolic and historic, of course, because the Kremlin is breaking all ties with the ICC just as the US did in 2002, under the first George W. Bush administration.

Source: Moscow Holds International Justice in Contempt | Human Rights Watch

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  1. Let’s remember that the US also never ratified the Rome Statute and then withdrew in 2002 Under President Bush. The Obama administration re-engaged with the ICC, but we are still a “non-party” state. We will need to pay attention to how the Trump administration will respond to the ICC, particularly given the very recent news that the ICC may be opening a War Crimes investigation AGAINST US CIA personnel in Afghanistan.

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