ICC to focus on environmental crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] will work to prosecute environmental crimes, according to a policy paper [text, PDF] published [press release] Thursday detailing how the court will select and prioritize cases. The court made the paper available to the public in order to increase “transparency” but clarified that the paper is an “internal document” that gives rise to no “legal rights” and is “subject to revision” as experience mandates. The court noted that it will begin prosecuting “illegal exploitation of natural resources, arms trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism, financial crimes, land grabbing or the destruction of the environment…,” which some have noted as a marked shift [AP report] from their primary focus on crimes committed during armed conflict.

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