UN rights workplace urges Russia to withdraw arrest warrants in opposition to senior ICC judges  – JURIST

The UN Human Rights Workplace (OHCHR) issued a statement Friday urging Russia to retract arrest warrants the nation issued in opposition to senior Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC) judges. Senior ICC judges examine and check out individuals charged with the gravest crimes, specifically genocide, conflict crimes, crimes in opposition to humanity and the crime of aggression.

In March, ICC prosecutor Khan Karim Asad Ahmad and Decide Rosario Salvatore Aitala issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Presidential Commissioner for Kids’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova for the illegal switch and deportation of kids from occupied Ukraine to Russia. 

Following this growth, the Russian Inside Ministry (RIC) undertook an investigation of the ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan and three court docket judges. It introduced expenses in July against Ahmad and Aitala, and it issued arrest warrants for ICC President Piotr Hofmanski, First Vice President Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza and Decide Bertram Schmitt in September.

Responding to September’s warrants, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stated, “We share the considerations expressed on Tuesday by the Presidency of the ICC’s Meeting of States Events that these actions are unacceptable, and we name for them to be promptly withdrawn.”

The Presidency of the Meeting of States Events reiterated its deep concern concerning the legal proceedings initiated in opposition to the President and judicial officers of the ICC on Tuesday, stating that:

We reject these unacceptable acts meant to hamper the Courtroom’s impartial mandate to research and prosecute the perpetrators of probably the most critical crimes of concern to the worldwide group as an entire. This assault in opposition to the establishment, by tried private intimidation of its highest officers is a grave affront to the hunt for accountability and to the rule of legislation.

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