ICC Faces Heat for Putin Arrest Warrant, Not Arresting Netanyahu

Russia has been vocal in its disapproval of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and the prosecutor of the ICC is also under pressure from within Russia to move swiftly against Israeli figures.

The United Nations Security Council heard Karim Khan’s unwavering statement that his team would continue to investigate possible war crimes or crimes against humanity in Ukraine, the Palestinian territories, and Gaza.

Owing to their complexity, the ICC’s current investigations in Libya will take until the end of 2025 to finish. The U.N. ambassador of Libya, Taher El-Sonni, proposed to Khan that the court’s resources would be better spent tackling the conflict in Gaza.

Genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity are among the accusations leveled by El-Sonni against Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military operation in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where many Palestinians sought safety, was recently discussed by El-Sonni. Nearly 450,000 people have left Rafah in the last seven days, according to the United Nations organization that helps Palestinian refugees. Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, stressed that no place in Gaza is safe.

According to Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a Western-influenced, biased institution that has nothing to do with justice.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2023, after Russia invaded Ukraine, on the grounds that Putin was personally responsible for the kidnapping of children. Alleged war crimes were the basis of the warrant.

The court reaffirmed its determination to carry out its mandate and punish those guilty of the gravest crimes that impact nations worldwide.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials may soon face arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their role in the country’s military campaign in Gaza, according to reports.

Supporters of the measure claim that the International Criminal Court (ICC) ought to also have issued arrest warrants for top Hamas officials.

Khan has stated his intention to stay firm in the face of any efforts to sway him or other elected officials, whether through arrest warrants or measures pursued by authorities from different jurisdictions or the Russian Federation.