UN Urges Russia to End Forcible Transfer of Ukrainian Children | World News

Feb 8, 2024



Geneva: The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thursday urged Russia to end forced transfer from children occupied areas in violation of ukraine International lawAnd return them to their families.
Kiev says 20,000 children have been taken from Ukraine to Russia without family or guardians' consent, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seeking the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged illegal deportations, a charge the Kremlin denies. Denies.
In a report on Russia, the UN committee said Moscow should provide information on the exact number of children taken from Ukraine and their whereabouts, so that they can be identified and returned.
Moscow, which launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, has rejected the allegations and says it is only rescuing vulnerable children from the war zone.
The committee also said that Russia should ensure that no child is deprived of his or her Ukrainian nationality, and that their identity, name and family ties should be protected.
Last March, the ICC issued arrest warrants for Putin and Russia's children's rights commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, on charges of illegally deporting children from Ukraine.
The ICC chief prosecutor said that Russia had transferred “at least hundreds” of children from orphanages and care homes in the occupied territories of Ukraine, and many of them were given up for adoption.
The Kremlin rejected the ICC's allegations as “outrageous and unacceptable”.



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