President Biden claimed that President Putin had undoubtedly committed the war crimes that the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused him of in Ukraine. The charges center on the unlawful kidnapping of Ukrainian children. And their forced transfer to Russia during Moscow’s invasion in 2022. Russia has criticized the warrants, calling them absurd, but Moscow has denied the claims.
ICC lacks the power
The strategy has very little likelihood of success. Because the ICC lacks the power to hold people without a country’s government’s permission. The ICC does not have authority over The Hague since Russia is not a party to the court. For Mr Putin, though, it may have other implications, including making it hard for him to travel. If he enters any of the 123 states that make up the court, he may now be imprisoned.
Mr Putin is the third president to get an ICC arrest warrant. President Biden stated that the warrant’s issuance makes a very persuasive statement. Despite the fact that the court in the US had no bearing on it. Joe Biden told reporters that it was apparent that he had committed war crimes. Russian war crimes during the crisis in Ukraine had already been “formally decided” by his administration. And vice president Kamala Harris had said that those involved would be held to account in February.
The UN Study about war crimes of Putin
In a study released earlier this week, the UN found that the forceful transfer of Ukrainian children to Russian-controlled areas constituted a war crime. In a statement released on Friday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) asserted that it had sufficient proof that Mr Putin had committed the crimes both on his own and in coordination with others. He was also accused of failing to use his executive power to stop the deportation of youngsters.
The ICC is also looking for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, for the same crimes. The warrants were based upon forensic evidence, scrutiny, and what has been spoken by those two individuals. According to ICC prosecutor Karim Khan.
International Criminal Court (ICC)
The court ultimately opted to make the arrest warrants public in an effort to prevent more crimes from being committed after first considering keeping them hidden. Children cannot be deported, Mr. Khan told the BBC, and they cannot be regarded as war’s loot. To understand how terrible this sort of crime is, one does not need to be a lawyer. Rather, one has to be a person.
Mr. Khan said that it was not anticipated that Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian leader convicted for war crimes in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo in the 1990s, would be sentenced in The Hague. Mr. Khan advised anyone who thinks it is possible to commit a crime during the day. And yet have a decent night’s sleep to perhaps look at history.
The court’s rulings are “null and meaningless,” according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. While former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev compared the warrant to toilet paper. The news has been applauded by activists in the Russian opposition. Ivan Zhdanov, a close ally of Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader who is detained, called the action “a symbolic step,” but one that was crucial.
The ICC’s choice to file proceedings against “state evil” has been acknowledged by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who also thanked Mr. Khan for making the decision.
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