The Biden administration has lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko. Former president Donald Trump imposed the sanctions via Executive Order in June 2020, after it was announced that the court would investigate potential U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. The ICC has also launched a probe into whether "Israel" committed war crimes in Palestine.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the move on April 2, but made it clear that the Biden administration continues to oppose the ICC investigating the United States and "Israel". “We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations,” read his press statement. “We maintain our longstanding objection to the Court’s efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel. We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions.”