Jolie endorsed the court because it agreed to take up the cause of crimes against children around the world.
“I particularly welcome the commitment to include charges for crimes against children wherever the evidence permits as part of a more systematic approach. I congratulate the office of the chief prosecutor, and all those working on the policy,” she said in a video statement.
The 41-year-old actress has been embroiled in a nasty divorce with husband Brad Pitt. Most of the animosity has been over custody of the couple’s six children, three of whom are adopted.
Jolie has been involved in the cause of international refugees since she was named a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
She’s visited a number of war torn countries from Bosnia to Cambodia and Afghanistan. She’s also visited Middle Eastern countries like Somalia and Syria to hear refugee concerns.
Her video statement on behalf of the ICC was her first public appearance since she filed for divorce in September.
“Successful prosecution, whether at the ICC or elsewhere is part of the long and vital generational effort. That is the light in which I believe the court’s new policy on children should be seen,” she said in the clip.
Ironically, Russian Foreign Ministry under an order signed by President Vladimir Putin said it is withdrawing because the ICC is “ineffective,” according to CNN.
“During the 14 years of the court’s work it passed only four sentences having spent over a billion dollars,” the ministry said in a statement.
Russia ran afoul of the court over its conflict with Georgia in 2008 and has been accused of war crimes for its indiscriminate bombing of Aleppo in Syria.
From her experiences overseas, Jolie has written and directed movies about the war in Bosnia. Her most recent film documents the struggle of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung. It’s slated to stream on Netflix.
Pitt plays a North African intelligence officer Max Vatan in his latest film “Allied.
He stars opposite French actress Marion Cotillard, who plays a French resistance fighter. The picture also stars Lizzy Caplan and Matthew Goode. It hits theaters Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Check out Jolie’s video below.