Sending Office: Honorable Ilhan Omar
Sent By:
Ryan.Morgan@mail.house.gov

Current Co-signers: Cicilline, Raskin, Tlaib

Dear Colleague,

 

As you may have seen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in March that the U.S. would begin withdrawing or denying visas to any International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel involved in investigations of possible war crimes committed by U.S. military
forces or allies. Regrettably, the Administration has already revoked the visa of Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor. 

 

The decision represents an unnecessary alienation of our allies, some of whom will surely have nationals affected by the decision. It also punishes those who have dedicated their lives and careers to fighting impunity and seeking accountability for mass
atrocities, and tacitly supports the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

 

The United States has been a leader in the field of international justice since Nuremberg. Both the Bush and Obama Administrations have understood the importance of the ICC in the cases in Darfur and Libya, respectively. In fact, the Court’s work is rooted
is a number of core American values – including the rule of law, the right to redress, and the idea that everyone should be held to the same standards of accountability, especially when it comes to violations against human rights. Many of our allies have already
expressed their regret over State Department’s decision and it is incumbent on Congress to echo those regrets. 

 

Please join us in sending the below letter to Secretary Pompeo urging him to reverse the decision to apply these visa restrictions and instead demonstrate a commitment to the critical work of the ICC and to the principle that no person and no nation is above
the law. To co-sign the letter, please contact Ryan Morgan (ryan.morgan@mail.house.gov) in Congresswoman Omar’s office.  Deadline to join is
COB April 24.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Ilhan Omar                                                      James P. McGovern

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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