Amnesty International has called on governments to refuse to sign agreements which would give impunity to US nationals should they be accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Such agreements would undermine the International Criminal Court and violate the signatory countries’ obligations under international law, says a report released by Amnesty International on 3 September.
Amnesty International stated that immunity agreements “seek to undermine and weaken the ICC which was created to end impunity for the worst crimes known to humanity”. The organisation urged the legal advisers from the EU Member States, meeting in Brussels on 4 September, to “take the lead in stopping this campaign by asking its Member States to refuse bilateral agreements”.
Amnesty International’s report concludes that any state that enters into an immunity agreement with the USA will violate its obligations under international law. “The USA claim that the impunity agreements are in accordance with international law is wholly without merit. In fact, the agreements seek to manipulate provisions included to ensure that people accused of these crimes are brought to justice,” says the report.