US Tries To Stop International Criminal Court Investigation

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
2
67
Abstract: 
On December 1, 2004, the Bush Administration tried to block a European initiative to obtain Security Council support for an International Criminal Court (ICC) role in investigating war crimes in Burundi. On December 7, 2004, President Bush signed into law provisions imposing further sanctions on countries that have ratified the Rome treaty establishing the ICC. On November 30, 2004, a U.N. panel proposed that the Security Council take an active role in supporting investigations into atrocities by the ICC. The Burundian government requested the ICC to investigate and prosecute individuals responsible for the August 13, 2004 massacre of more than 150 Congolese refugees in Gatumba, Burundi...[more]