The ‘toilet paper’ complicating Vladimir Putin’s life


The ‘toilet paper’ complicating Vladimir Putin’s life

The government came under fire in 2015, when despite a court order and a warrant from the International Criminal Court, it allowed former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to ‘escape’ South Africa rather than arrest him. A similar situation, this time with President Vladimir Putin of Russia as the accused, may play out later this year when the Brics summit is held in Durban. ERIKA GIBSON wonders if the government will fulfil its obligations to the ICC this time.

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has just issued a warrant for the arrest of President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's commissioner charged with promoting the interests of children, due to the misplacement and uprooting of Ukrainian children.

Evidence of illegal deportations of civilian children from Ukraine to Russia is contained in a report ( by the UN Human Rights Council. It says  Russia has not only committed war crimes since it invaded its neighbour but kidnapped thousands of children and placed them with foster parents in Russia.

The children are not necessarily orphans, but were left without a home during the conflict due to illness, violence or the detention of their parents. According to the report, the already-traumatised children were traumatised a second time when they suddenly ended up in the homes of strangers, without any idea if their parents even know where they are...

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