The ICC Prosecutor’s Double Standards in the Time of an Unfolding Genocide by Triestino Mariniello

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

  • Favouring the ICC’s ‘cordial relationship’ with the United States over the fulfilment of its mandate would further tarnish the Court’s image as an independent and impartial institution. Yielding to pressure from powerful states would result in further legitimacy costs for an institution that, so far, has failed to hold anyone to account in some of the most widely-documented situations of alleged international crimes, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Carrying on with such double standards when faced with an unfolding genocide would mean failing the final test bench for the credibility of the Court. It would confirm the reasons underpinning the growing disillusionment in international criminal justice project in the Global South. The increasing calls for the establishment of an hoc tribunal in Gaza, including by UN senior officials, prove that the ICC’s failure to hold to account those responsible for the most serious crimes in the Palestine situation would constitute a serious challenge to the existence of the entire international justice system set up under the Rome Statute. 

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