Russia treats children like “spoils of war,” ICC says
Karim Khan (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Russia is treating children like “spoils of war,” U.S. CNN television channel quoted International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan as saying on March 21.
“You must look after them,” Khan said of Ukrainian children.
“If they are not safe, you move them to a safe part of Ukraine. If that’s not possible, a neutral third country. And it seems to be not just deportation to Russian Federation, they’re met by strangers who now have suddenly become adopted parents. And the children are not property, they’re not the spoils of war.”
The prosecutor said Russia does not seem to be denying the allegations against it but rather wearing it “like a badge of honor.”
“Children are not the property of a country to be dispatched based on politics or some ideological motives,” Khan said.
“It needs to be regulated by law, and that law needs to be enforced.
”He said the ICC has since reached out to Russia, but it has not heard back.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants on March 17 for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Russia’s children’s ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova, alleging their involvement in the unlawful removal of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation since Feb. 24, 2022.
The Kremlin dictator can now be arrested on the territory of 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin, said.
According to the Office of the President of Ukraine, the court’s ruling implies that there will be no negotiations with the present Russian leadership and no lifting of sanctions.
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