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Excusing China's Uighur ethnocide, International Criminal Court prosecutor forgets her own precedent

Contributor: Tom Rogan

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Matching the release of a new report to a major speech, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor on Monday condemned the United States and appeased China.

Serving since 2012, Fatou Bensouda will leave office next year.

But in her speech, Bensouda again made clear that she is no fan of America. Lamenting what she described as Washington's "aggressive policy of antagonism," Bensouda warned that U.S. sanctions against her represent "a dangerous precedent for a rule-based international system." Bensouda's complaint pertains to Trump administration sanction responses to her politically motivated investigation of American soldiers and intelligence officers in Afghanistan. Ignoring the U.S. Military and Intelligence Community's own investigations of alleged war crimes by U.S. personnel, Bensouda sidestepped the court's tradition of only investigating alleged crimes in which a state actor is unwilling or unable to act.

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