London to host meeting of justice ministers to help probe Russian war crimes for The Hague

7 January, 05:08 PM
British Minister of Justice Dominic Raab (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

British Minister of Justice Dominic Raab (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

A meeting of justice ministers of countries ready to help the International Criminal Court in The Hague investigate war crimes allegedly committed the Russian military in Ukraine will be held in London in March, the UK government reported on its website on Jan. 7.

UK Justice Minister Dominic Raab and his Dutch counterpart Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius are to co-host the meeting. The International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan will also take part.

The goal of the meeting is to increase the global financial and practical support provided to the International Criminal Court (information gathering, sharing of evidence of crimes), and to coordinate efforts to have everything necessary to conduct investigations and bring suspected war crimes perpetrators to justice.

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"Russian forces should know they cannot act with impunity and we will back Ukraine until justice is served," Raab said.

“Almost a year on from the illegal invasion, the international community must give its strongest backing to the International Criminal Court, so war criminals can be held to account for the atrocities we’re witnessing.”

As of Dec. 10, 2022, since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, law enforcement officers recorded 47,000 suspected war crimes on the part of the occupying forces.

In late October, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin said that 10 to 16 countries privately backed the creation of a special tribunal to bring Russia to justice for starting the war.

On Oct. 7, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, called on the international community to create a special tribunal for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Prior to that, top Ukrainian officials repeatedly called for the establishment of such a tribunal.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Nov. 30 that the EC had proposed to create a specialized court to investigate Russia’s crime of aggression against Ukraine.

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