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US war crimes immunity bid fails

BBC, UK
June 23, 2004
news.bbc.co.uk

ReligionNewsBlog.com • Wednesday June 23, 2004

The US has given up trying to get its soldiers immunity from prosecution at the new International Criminal Court.

It has withdrawn its attempt to have its exemption renewed by the United Nations Security Council, because it failed to gain enough support.

America vs. Human Rights
America employs double standards on human rights issues. While Washington chides and attacks other countries regarding real or perceived humen rights violations, the USA studiously and stubbornly refuses to acknowledge – let alone address – America’s own human rights violations. Meanwhile the USA fights against international justice by lying about the International Criminal Court, and by bribing and threathening countries into siding with Washington.
Former Nuremberg prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz:
the American public has been deceived” (RealPlayer)

The US won special status for the last two years, arguing its troops could be subject to malicious prosecution.

But UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said it should not be renewed, partly because of the prisoner abuse scandal.

“The United States has decided not to proceed further with consideration and action on the draft at this time in order to avoid a prolonged and divisive debate,” said the US Ambassador to the UN James Cunningham.

“We are dropping action on this resolution.”

Even though US troops abroad may now be subject to prosecution at the court in The Hague, Washington has already signed bilateral agreements with 89 countries to ensure they do not bring cases against its personnel.

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