International criminal court’s work blunted by petty campaign | International criminal court


Your report (Human rights lawyers sue the Trump administration for ‘silencing’ them, 1 October) sheds much-needed gentle on an unprecedented effort to undermine and dismantle world efforts to battle impunity.

Carrying on the legacy of my late father at Robert F Kennedy Human Rights entails holding perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable earlier than the worldwide criminal court (ICC). In current months, our work has targeted on holding authorities officers accountable for enforced disappearances in Venezuela and calling for the ICC to prosecute members of the Myanmar army who not too long ago admitted involvement within the slaughter of the nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

These efforts have been blunted by the US state division’s petty and political campaign in opposition to the ICC, which incorporates imposing sanctions final month on its chief prosecutor and one other key employees member. Whereas we aren’t named plaintiffs on this lawsuit, we echo its complaints. Our worldwide workforce of attorneys, too, has needed to alter analysis, and its methods of serving to victims of atrocities, as a consequence of concern of those ridiculous sanctions.
Kerry Kennedy
Robert F Kennedy Human Rights