ICC judges ask for UN clarification on who represents Afghanistan

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Judges of the International Criminal Court said on Friday they asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the ICC’s governing body for assistance in identifying who represents Afghanistan in international bodies, Reuters reports.

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running news: The request came after the ICC said on Friday that it could not decide on a court prosecutor’s request to reopen the investigation into Afghanistan’s alleged war crimes.

  • “The request cannot be legally postponed from 15 August 2021 without addressing the question of the entity constituting the State Authorities of Afghanistan,” the ICC wrote on Friday, according to Reuters.
  • The ICC asked Guterres and the court’s governing body to determine which group officially rules Afghanistan from the point of view of international law by 8 November.
  • The United Nations has yet to determine who will represent Afghanistan at the United Nations following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the nation.

What are they saying: In a written ruling, the judges wrote: “For a number of reasons, including the rapid pace of relevant developments, and the short time that has elapsed since their implementation, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the legal implications of those events, including for the purposes of “International Law and International Relations,” copy AP.

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