Five countries file a complaint against under scrutiny Israel to the ICC

Reuters reported on November 17 that five countries have requested that Israel be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes against the Palestinians. 

Bolivia, Bangladesh and three African countries (Comoros, Djibouti, and South Africa) have filed a complaint against Israel to the Dutch-based court as the globe watches on in horror at the bloodshed taking place in Palestinian territories, notably Gaza. 

Bolivia is governed by a pro-Palestinian socialist government and recently became the first Latin American state to completely cut off all diplomatic ties with Israel due to its long and continued mistreatment of the Palestinian people.  

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan, who has been in the role since 2021, said that the request was made “to ensure that the ICC pays urgent attention to the grave situation in Palestine”.

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The ICC noted that they already have an ongoing investigation into the troubling situation in Palestine since June 2014 therefore it is believed that the recent complaints will have little significant impact. 

124 member states are under the banner of the court of which Israel is not a member and does not recognise its jurisdiction. 

The Hague is seen as a last resort and is used when countries are incapable or unwilling to carry out prosecutions themselves. 

A complaint was filed against under-pressure Russian leader Vladimir Putin back in March due to the country’s 20-month ongoing invasion of Ukraine.  


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