The United States Paves Way For UNHRC To Enter Sri Lanka To Probe Alleged Human Rights Abuses

By Daya Gamage – 

Biden administration’s decision last Friday – April 2 – to reverse previous Trump administration decision last year to prevent officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arriving in Washington to investigate U.S. alleged atrocities in Afghanistan could be signal to Sri Lanka that it could not prevent UNHRC team from arriving in Colombo to get a firsthand knowledge of rights abuses.

President Biden revoked President Donald J. Trump’s executive order authorizing sanctions on top officials at the ICC, reversing the decision.

The move comes after the Trump administration decided last year to sanction the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, and a senior official, Phakiso Mochochoko, after the court opened an investigation into potential war crimes committed by American troops in Afghanistan.

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