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12:00 AM, December 07, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 07, 2018

Troubled ICC gets members backing

Countries signed up to the International Criminal Court renewed their backing Wednesday for the embattled global legal body, targeted by the Trump administration, but urged it to speed up its work.

"The European Union strongly supports the International Criminal Court and its work as an independent and impartial judicial institution," said Heidemaria Guerer at the annual meeting of the court's 123 member states in The Hague.

Other countries including those in Africa where the ICC is active, such as Nigeria and Uganda, also pledged continued support.

This year the ICC is celebrating 20 years since its founding mandate, the Rome Statute, was agreed upon to prosecute the world's worst crimes.

But the court has since come under attack by some African states, who have accused it of being biased. Trump in September accused the ICC of lacking any legitimacy, saying it violated "all principles of justice" and had no authority.

In the same month, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened to arrest ICC judges and officials if they moved against Israel and the United States. Neither country is a member of the ICC but both are under scrutiny by the court's prosecutors.

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