France Wants #ISIS Prosecuted for War Crimes?
France has come up with the brilliant idea that ISIS should be prosecuted at the Hague for war crimes. Upon hearing this, ISIS and ISIL immediately threw down their arms, said “sorry, my bad”, converted to anything but Islam and ran for the shadows tales tucked between their legs… In all seriousness, how the holy heck will referring ISIS to the Hague do anything to halt their savage barbarity? If this story had not come directly from the REUTERS news feed, one would have thought this was one of those fake news parody pieces:
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Iraq and Syria are not members of The Hague-based international court, which means its prosecutor is unable to open an investigation unless a referral is made by the 15-member Security Council.
France led a bid by council members last May to refer the civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year, to the ICC for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But it was vetoed by Syrian ally Russia, backed by China. The remaining 13 council members voted in favor. Fabius said on Friday that France would again try to refer Syria.
The International Criminal Court has previously dealt with the referral of a group, rather than a situation in a country, for possible prosecution. In 2003, ICC member Uganda referred the situation concerning the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The LRA rose up against the government in northern Uganda under the leadership of Joseph Kony in the late 1980s. The group has been accused of abducting children to serve as fighters and sex slaves. Kony and four other senior commanders were indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005.