Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and foreign Affairs - June 12, 2020.

Announcement of sanctions by the United States against the International Criminal Court.

France was dismayed to learn of the executive order of the United States government of 11 June 2020 authorizing the imposition of sanctions against personnel of the International Criminal Court (ICC) or persons cooperating with it, which could concern State agents. This decision represents a serious attack against the Court and the States Parties to the Rome Statute and, beyond that, a challenge to multilateralism and the independence of the judiciary.

France reiterates its full support for the International Criminal Court. The Court is the only permanent international criminal court with a universal vocation. As such, it plays a key role in the fight against impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes. It thus responds to the need for justice for the victims of these crimes and contributes to international peace and stability.

France will continue to work to ensure that the Court is able to fulfil its mission independently and impartially, in accordance with the Rome Statute.

It calls on the United States not to implement the measures announced against the Court, and to withdraw them.

Last updated on: 15 June 2020