The Acts of the Democracies




International Criminal Court

The USA president states that he will "unsign" the treaty authorising the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This court, supported by most of the world (137 countries), would allow crimes against humanity (such as genocide and war crimes) to be tried under international rules. USA Secretary of State, Colin Powell, declares that the USA would be "no longer bound in any way to its purpose and objective."

Ken Roth, the director of Human Rights Watch observes that "the USA does not wish to live by the rules that it expects of others".

The USA uses its United Nations Security Council veto to block the renewal of the peace mandate in Bosnia in order to put pressure on the world community over the ICC. A senior United Nations diplomat states that this action is "false and discusting" and "an absurd ideological attack on the ICC".

When the ICC becomes law, the USA puts pressure on countries to exempt USA citizens from its provisions. Romania is told that it cannot join NATO unless it agrees to this. Eventually, 16 countries sign agreements with the USA to exempt its citizens.

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