Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo and Attorney General Barr urging them to bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for their cover-up of COVID-19, which has since caused nearly two hundred thousand deaths worldwide and has cost trillions of dollars. Specifically, China violated their agreement to abide by the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR), which leaves them liable to legal action in the ICJ.

“The Communist Party of China knowingly withheld critical information on the threat of COVID-19, and thousands of people have died because of their attempt to cover-up the virus,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am joining my colleagues in urging Secretary Pompeo and Attorney General Barr to bring a case against China to the ICJ. The International Health Regulations – which China agreed to abide by – require countries to provide timely information to the WHO about public health emergencies in order to prevent global pandemics. China must be held accountable for the devastating loss of life they have caused by lying and intentionally suppressing critical facts needed to combat COVID-19 early on in this pandemic.”