We are closer than ever to arresting Putin, but the US must play its part. Gordon Brown

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May 24, 2023, 20:25


A new grassroots campaign calling for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to be tried for war crimes represents an escalation in the demand for justice for the people of Ukraine. Already 2 million have signed a petition calling for Putin’s indictment.

Now, in the run-up to August’s Brics summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to be held in Johannesburg, more than half a million have already called for the South African authorities to put him in prison if he flies in to their country. This public pressure comes as European leaders meeting in Reykjavík have intensified their call for coordinated intergovernmental action to find a way to punish Putin for his crimes.

The Russian leader’s recent indictment by the international criminal court (ICC) for overseeing the abduction of Ukrainian children is the reason why he can now be arrested on the soil of any country that is signed up to its statutes. Russia has since retaliated by issuing an arrest warrant for the British prosecutor of the ICC, Karim Khan, in the growing confrontation between Russia and Ukraine’s western allies. Russia remains adamant that Putin will take part in the Brics summit, but a special government commission established by South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has concluded that Putin’s presence would violate not only international law but also the laws of South Africa, and he is advising Putin not to attend.

The South African action is important because in April the supreme decision-making body of the ruling African National Congress had complained about the “unequal” and “often selective application of international law”. Ramaphosa reported that the ANC had decided to withdraw South Africa from membership of the court, although it was later clarified as an “error in a comment” and it was confirmed that South Africa would honour its obligations.

The campaign to arrest Putin comes at a significant moment in the war, with Ukrainian troops about to move on to the front foot with a spring offensive designed to retake control of the bridgehead to Crimea. Running an “arrest Putin” campaign alongside this military counterattack piles additional pressure on the leader and his cabal, who now know they are persona non grata in most continents of the world and liable to be arrested if they travel outside Russia. As the Ukrainian Nobel peace laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk has argued, it could make Putin’s generals think twice about following future orders to commit war crimes.Vladimir Putin and Cyril Ramaphosa at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi, Russia, 2019.

May 24, 2023, 20:33

Bwahahahaha oh my aching sides. 

Russia is cleaning up Ukraine and now has an ally in China and the BRICS/SCO nations but he is in danger of being arrested.

How exactly is he going to be arrested. 

Hahahahahaha this is comedy gold.

Enjoy your Ukrainian  spring offensive. Bwahahahahaha.

Man alive some oaks have lost the very few marbles they had.! :D

May 24, 2023, 20:42

143 nations condemned the illegal invasion.

May 25, 2023, 05:51

"Russia is cleaning up Ukraine"

What a fucking sick comment to make

May 25, 2023, 06:01

How many of these signatures come from SA.

Liberals have short memory, for them, the apartheid is a thing of the past.

Considering how much they failed to qualify their own personal as war criminals in events like the war against Iraq or others, this is another assault on sovereignty, a demand over SA that is imposed from an exterior.

May 25, 2023, 06:14

that is imposed from an exterior

Are you talking about Saarkie's train farting?

May 25, 2023, 06:28

No. How many of the signatures come from SA and how many of them do not come from SA.

People in SA from liberal political philosophy are sovereign over their government, people outside SA are not.

The 2M signature list is no weight on the SA government if not signed by SAns themselves.

This is mere meddling from people whose societies may have comforted the Apartheid regime.

Once again, liberals and their taste for double standard, once again, liberals and their ingrained contempt.

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