04 September 2020
Labor objects to the US Administration’s decision to sanction International Criminal Court officials.
While the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts and human rights abuses continue.
The work of the ICC is vital to upholding international law and the multilateral rules-based order.
The Foreign Minister has prioritised targeting efforts to preserve “norms that underpin universal human rights, gender equality and the rule of law.”
We urge the Minister to express to her US counterpart that this decision does not help preserve those norms.
Australia has traditionally been a strong supporter of the Court. The creation of the Court in 2002 was enthusiastically supported by Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
Labor calls on the Australian Government to work with aligned nations to support its important work.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.