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Can the ICC retain legitimacy while selectively prosecuting the unlawful transfer of children?

[18 March 2023] – On 17 March 2023, the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court) issued warrants for two Russians allegedly responsible for the war crime of, inter alia, the unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation (under articles 8(2)(a)(vii) and 8(2)(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute). The crimes were allegedly committed in Ukrainian occupied territory at least from 24 February 2022. The warrants were issued following a request by the ICC prosecutor on 22 February 2023.

Newsletter - February 2023
At the end of December 2022, there were 157 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 71% of children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Geneva IV and the Rome Statute of the ICC.
Evidence update: forcible transfer
[7 March 2023] – According to data released by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), 67 percent of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military forces in the occupied West Bank were transferred out of the territory and detained inside Israel in 2022. The transfer of these children outside occupied territory is classified as a war crime.
Evidence updated: Night arrests and summonses
[9 February 2023] – Each year Israeli soldiers conduct between 3,500 - 4,500 search and arrest operations in Palestinian communities in the West Bank. This averages out at 10-12 operations each day. In over 80 percent of these cases the operations occur at night and involve the arrest of between 300-600 children annually.