Canada wants ICC probe into Russia for alleged war crimes

This measure is the latest in Canada’s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine. Canada has advanced, in many cases alongside allies, to provide lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine while imposing sanctions on high-profile Russian figures, including Putin.

The Trudeau government also announced a ban on oil imports from Russia, even though it no longer buys crude from the country. On Tuesday, Canada said it ban ships and fishing vessels owned or registered by Russia in Canadian ports and inland waters.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused on Monday when asked if he thought Russia’s actions in Ukraine constituted war crimes.

“Unfortunately, we see [Putin] escalating the intensity of attacks, the diversity of targets, including more and more civilian targets and infrastructure that is absolutely unacceptable,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa.

“Putin’s crime is to choose to invade a peaceful neighboring country and to violate the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the world will not sit idly by and watch that happen. .”

Khan said in a statement on Monday that after a preliminary review of events in Ukraine by his office, he was satisfied “there is a reasonable basis to believe that alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed. in Ukraine”.

He said an ICC state party could speed things up by referring the situation to his office. Khan said this would “enable us to actively and immediately pursue the Bureau’s independent and objective investigations.”

Joly was also asked why she joined dozens of other UN officials in leaving Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as he addressed the human rights conference. of Tuesday.

“Minister Lavrov was on the air giving his version – which is false – of what is happening in Ukraine,” Joly said. “That’s why we wanted to show a very strong position together.”


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