Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., is reportedly raising concerns that the International Criminal Court is allegedly working with terror-tied groups, and wants the Department of Justice to investigate the ICC’s ties to some non-governmental organizations.
Biggs, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Thursday saying a report from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs shows “troubling parallels between the ICC’s investigation of the U.S. and that of Israel,” The Hill reported.
“As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I encourage the Justice Department to take appropriate action with respect to shocking information alleging troubling ties between the International Criminal Court (ICC); key non-governmental organizations driving the ICC’s investigations of the U.S. and Israel; and U.S.-designated foreign terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” he wrote.
Biggs's letter follows a move by the ICC to authorize an investigation into alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In June, President Donald Trump signed an order to place sanctions on ICC officials who held any probes of the United States and its allies.
Biggs praised the Trump administration's actions pushing back on the ICC while urging the DOJ to review the JCPA report in addition to his own report "summarizing links between NGOs and numerous terrorist groups and individuals,” The Hill reported.
"What is notable about this parallel effort by the ICC to investigate Israel is that the NGOs and individuals pursuing both the Israel case and the U.S. case are closely related,” he wrote. “Specifically, the two international NGOs advancing the case against the U.S., the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), have strong ties to the Palestinian NGOs that brought the complaint against Israel to the ICC—Al-Haq, Palestinian Center for Human Rights PCHR), Al Mezan and Al-Dameer—and were intimately involved in their submissions to the court.”
"In turn, these four Palestinian organizations, Al-Haq, Al-Dameer, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), which together submitted six reports to the ICC between 2015 and 2018, have strong ties to U.S.-designated FTOs, including Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)," he stated, The Hill reported.
The ICC was established in 1998 to investigate serious international crimes including genocide. The court’s jurisdiction is confined to countries that have signed on to the Rome Statute, which the United States and Israel have not, The Hill noted.
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