According to Saab, the country has provided the ICC prosecutor with sufficient evidence to show that they were investigated and severely punished.
Courtesy | Venezuela’s public prosecutor pointed out that the United States had avoided submitting to the ICC’s jurisdiction.
In a recent statement, Venezuela’s Attorney General, Tarek William Saab, strongly criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for questioning its impartiality and universal access. According to Saab, since only 123 countries have ratified the Rome Statute, which establishes the foundation of the International Court of Justice, the ICC faces a major challenge in convincing the world of its objectivity.
Venezuela’s public prosecutor pointed out that the United States has avoided submitting to the ICC’s jurisdiction, accusing the country of considering itself the “gendarme of the world” and not allowing an organization outside its direct control to decide its military that intervenes in global conflicts. In addition, he noted that there were potential charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against US leaders and the military, which led the country to enact laws to prevent the ICC from acting against its citizens.
Saab singled out Israel as the occupying power in Palestine and Syria, suggesting his actions could make him a candidate for ICC indictment.
Despite these criticisms, the lawyer affirmed that Venezuela will continue to cooperate with the ICC, respecting international justice. According to Saab, the country has provided the ICC prosecutor with sufficient evidence to show that human rights abuses committed by police and military officials have been investigated and severely punished.
Regarding the ICC’s Office of Technical Cooperation (OCT), Saab emphasized that it has not yet been established, but expressed hope to establish a working relationship similar to the one they had with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after the visit of Michelle Bachelet in 2019. Independence followed.
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