International Criminal Court (ICC)
Established in 2002 and headquartered in the Hague, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes individuals for "genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression." This is a truly Orwellian mandate and creates two new kinds of "law" – human rights and humanitarian law. Only offenses created after the ICC's inception can be prosecuted and the treaty that enables the ICC is the Rome Statute.
According to Wikipedia, "As of April 2011, 114 states are members of the court, including nearly all of Europe and Latin America and roughly half the countries in Africa. A further 34 countries, including Russia, have signed but not ratified the Rome Statute while one of them, Côte d'Ivoire, has accepted the ICC's jurisdiction. The law of treaties obliges these states to refrain from 'acts which would defeat the object and purpose' of the treaty."
Israel and the United States, notably, have decided not to honor the Treaty and both have officially "unsigned." China and India are not signatories, either. The inescapable conclusion is that only smaller and weaker states are subject to the ICC's jurisdiction and have been, in a sense, bullied into signing.
Supposedly, the ICC can only become a factor if member states do not look into and prosecute alleged crimes themselves. However, in practice, the UN is already beginning to remand cases to the ICC and thus making decisions as to which states are actually performing their obligations appropriately. It is notable that to date almost all of the ICC's efforts have been aimed at Africa. Creating precedents using Africa is relatively safe. These precedents can then be expanded to include Asia and the West as well.
For conspiratorial historians, there seems no doubt that the ICC is a further extension of the Anglo-American effort at creating global governance run by a handful of impossibly wealthy banking families and their enablers. The UN, the IMF, WHO, the World Bank, NATO and now the ICC are all fundamental building blocks of a New World Order. The IMF is currently lobbying for a one-world currency and trends toward global governance are being carried forward on numerous fronts.
The ICC is a final building block for the complex infrastructure that is gradually hemming the world. It is an invisible series of legal linkages that are not apparent until one spends time investigating it. But it exists nonetheless and is getting more intricate and more powerful all the time.
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