INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT TREATY

05/16/02

Was the U.S. government correct in rejecting the International Criminal Court treaty? Marjorie Cohn, an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, said today: "Ironically, the same day Colin Powell paid tribute to the memory of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust, the U.S. government claimed it is renouncing the International Criminal Court treaty. The stated reason is to prevent other countries from unjustly trying U.S. officials for war crimes. But the ICC, which has been ratified by virtually every Western democracy except the U.S., is set up to be an independent, impartial court, inspired by the Nuremberg Tribunal which tried Nazi leaders for their war crimes. Washington really seeks to immunize U.S. leaders from prosecution for war crimes they may commit in Iraq and other countries.

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