The European Union staunchly supports the International Criminal Court. It advocates universal ICC membership to extend the reach of justice for grave abuses and to contribute to “peace and the strengthening of international security.” Yet EU member states are pressing Palestine not to seek ICC membership.

The UK and France, which together have given some 200 million Euros to the ICC, are among the EU member states that have publicly opposed Palestinian ICC membership. Such opposition runs counter to their usual position – the UK, for example, has a policy to increase ICC membership and gain wider regional support for the court. It also violates their obligations as ICC members to support the court’s purpose of ensuring that serious international crimes do not go unpunished. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog