MEPs want perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine brought to justice

The special international tribunal should investigate Russian military leaders and commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, MEPs said in the resolution adopted on May 19.

It is no longer enough to talk about Russian aggression, we must act. MEPs called on the European Union to take all necessary steps in international proceedings and tribunals to support the prosecution of the Russian and Belarusian regimes for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression. These investigations and subsequent prosecutions should also apply to all members of the Russian armed forces and government officials implicated in war crimes, MEPs demanded.

The EU must support the establishment of a special international tribunal to punish the crime of aggression committed against Ukraine, over which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction, and hold political and Russian military and those of its allies, MEPs said. .

MEPs also called on the EU to provide, as soon as possible, all the necessary human and budgetary resources as well as the administrative, investigative and logistical support necessary for the establishment of this tribunal.

Do not become insensitive to the alleged atrocities that the Kremlin is perpetuating in Ukraine and against the Ukrainian people. According to the European Parliament, reported atrocities such as indiscriminate shelling of towns and villages, forced deportations, use of banned munitions, attacks on civilians fleeing through pre-agreed humanitarian corridors, executions and violence sex are violations of international humanitarian law. They can be classified as war crimes, the MPs said, stressing that they have so far not been prosecuted.

Prompt action is of crucial importance

MEPs stressed that the EU must act quickly, as there is a serious risk that due to the ongoing hostilities, evidence relating to war crimes will be destroyed.

They expressed their full support for the ICC Prosecutor’s investigation and the work of the Commission of Inquiry of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as for independent civil society organizations and the authorities Ukrainians working to collect evidence.

MEPs welcomed the joint investigation team set up by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, which is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation Eurojust, and involving the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, and encourage other member states to join this team.


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