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International Law and Justice
The ICC issued warrants of arrest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner for the war crime of unlawful deportation of Ukrainian children.
Neutrality is defined as the legal status arising from the abstention of a state from all participation in a war between other states, the maintenance of an attitude of impartiality toward the belligerents, and the recognition by the belligerents of this abstention and impartiality. On this International Day of Neutrality (12 December), and every day, the United Nations recognizes the critical importance of neutrality in strengthening international peace and security and in developing mutually beneficial relations among countries of the world.
“Every single person indicted is exactly the opposite of a hero. And the only heroes in fact are the survivors and victims.” Serge Brammertz is one of the world's leading international prosecutors. As Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), he leads the process of tracking down fugitive criminals from wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the genocide in Rwanda. Decades on from the brutal Balkan wars of the 1990s, genocide denial and glorification of war criminals remain rife in the region. In this episode, Serge Brammertz reflects on his life-long quest to bring war criminals to justice, on working with the survivors of genocide, and what he has learned about the human condition.
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