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ICC to ‘deprioritise’ investigation into alleged US conflict crimes in renewed Afghan probe, will deal with Taliban and ISIS-Ok

ICC to ‘deprioritise’ investigation into alleged US war crimes in renewed Afghan probe, will focus on Taliban and ISIS-K

The prosecutor of the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC) has requested approval to renew a conflict crimes investigation into Afghanistan which received’t deal with alleged US offenses, however these dedicated by the Taliban and different teams.

In a press release on Monday, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan mentioned he had filed an software to renew his workplace’s investigation into alleged atrocities dedicated in Afghanistan since July 1, 2002. 

Khan, who’s six months into his nine-year tenure, mentioned the investigations can be targeted on the actions of the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Ok) militia. He added that different facets of the investigation can be “deprioritised” as a result of an absence of sources and would deal with “the size and nature of crimes inside the jurisdiction of the court docket.” 

The prosecutor mentioned his choice to file to renew was a mirrored image on the present state of affairs in Afghanistan. “There isn’t any longer the prospect of real and efficient home investigations into Article 5 crimes inside Afghanistan. It’s this discovering that has necessitated the current software,” he acknowledged. 

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The ICC investigation, which was opened in full final yr, was later postponed because the Afghan authorities mentioned it will examine these crimes itself. The Hague-based court docket had been taking a look at atrocities within the area for 15 years, together with doable offenses dedicated by US and NATO troops.

In his assertion, Khan particularly famous the “the deplorable assaults of August 26, 2021, close to Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, which had been claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province,” and added a willpower to prioritize crimes “by IS-Ok, in addition to the Taliban.”

The affiliate director for Asia at Human Rights Watch, Patricia Gossman, informed the Related Press that the prosecutor’s assertion was “actually disturbing” insofar because the investigation “will solely prioritize a number of the events to the battle – and specifically seemingly to disregard completely the very critical allegations in opposition to U.S. forces and CIA.”

Horia Mosadiq, an Afghan human rights activist, additionally condemned the ICC prosecutor’s announcement, claiming it was an “an insult to 1000’s of different victims of crimes by Afghan authorities forces and US and NATO forces.”

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