Lula suggests revisiting ICC commitments: Reports
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has proposed revisiting the grounds for his country's decision to sign the Rome Statute.
According to media reports, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has advised revisiting the grounds for his country's decision to join the Rome Statute that formed the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Lula was quoted by O Globo daily stating, "I'm not saying I'm going to leave the court … I want to know what made Brazil make the decision to be a signatory. That's all I want to know."
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stated on Saturday that Russian Leader Vladimir Putin would not face arrest in Brazil if he attends the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Rio de Janeiro next year.
During an interview with the Firstpost news show on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Delhi, Lula mentioned that Putin would be invited to the upcoming event. He also expressed his own plans to attend a meeting of the BRICS group of developing nations scheduled to occur in Russia before the Rio meeting.
"I believe that Putin can go easily to Brazil," Lula said as quoted by Reuters.
"What I can say to you is that if I'm president of Brazil, and he comes to Brazil, there's no way he will be arrested," he added.
In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin, alleging that he committed the war crime of unlawfully displacing hundreds of children from Ukraine. Russia has refuted these accusations, denying any involvement in war crimes or the forcible removal of Ukrainian children.
Since its inception, the ICC has often been biased as far as the investigation of crimes and the prosecution of individuals is concerned.
The West, led by the US, has orchestrated wars all across the Global South that have caused millions of children to go hungry, malnourished, displaced, and even killed, including in Yemen, where the US-led blockade has caused over two million children to suffer from acute malnutrition.
Yet, these issues have never been taken into consideration at the Hague-based ICC.