International Meet on Ukraine War Crimes Probe
The United Kingdom is set to host a meeting of justice ministers in March, which will discuss ways to support the International Criminal Court's (ICC) investigation of alleged war crimes in Ukraine. The meeting aims to increase the global financial and practical support being offered to the ICC and coordinate efforts to ensure it has all it needs to carry out investigations and prosecute those responsible. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab will co-host the meeting along with Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius.
ICC Investigation in Ukraine
- The ICC, based in The Hague, is currently carrying out an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine. The investigation was launched in April of 2021 and ICC prosecutor Karim Khan is set to take part in the March meeting with ministers from around the world.
- In December of 2020, Mr. Khan urged the international community to get behind and fund the ICC probe, saying: ï¿½We need the tools to do the job. We do not have those tools.ï¿½
- The UK government stated that the meeting will focus on how to help gather information and share evidence of atrocities as well as how to support victims.
- Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab stressed the importance of the international community giving its strongest backing to the ICC so war criminals can be held to account for the atrocities that are being witnessed in Ukraine. He also said "Russian forces should know they cannot act with impunity and we will back Ukraine until justice is served.ï¿½
- Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius, the co-host of the meeting, stated that the meeting participants will ï¿½coordinate with our partners to ensure that support to the ICC and the Ukrainian authorities is offeredï¿½.
- In December of 2020, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated that the ICC could not try Russia, a non-member state, for the ï¿½leadershipï¿½ crime of aggression without a United Nations Security Council resolution, which Moscow would instantly veto.
- She instead proposed a U.N.-backed special court to prosecute the Russian leadership for the ï¿½crime of aggressionï¿½ over its invasion of Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also said last month that Russiaï¿½s massive missile attacks on Ukraine targeting civilian infrastructure ï¿½constitute war crimes and are barbaric. All those responsible shall be held accountable.ï¿½
The meeting to be held in March is a significant step towards providing support to the ICC in its investigation of alleged war crimes in Ukraine. The meeting aims to increase global financial and practical support for the ICC and coordinate efforts to ensure it has all it needs to carry out investigations and prosecute those responsible. It is a call for the international community to give its strongest backing to the ICC so war criminals can be held to account for the atrocities that are being witnessed in Ukraine.
Written by IAS POINT