Attorney Generals of 7 countries agree to create a center in The Hague to prosecute Russian crimes in Ukraine.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan, Ukraine Attorney General Andriy Kostin, US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and a panel of international lawyers discuss allegations of war crimes in Ukraine March 3, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine (REUTERS/Roman Baluk)

Attorney General of the countries Joint Research Group Launched by the European Justice Agency Eurojust, this Saturday in Lviv signed an agreement for a creation International Center for the Investigation of Crimes of Aggression in The Hague.

representatives Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania The document was sealed at an international conference called “United for Justice” that opened Friday in the western Ukrainian city and seeks to establish mechanisms to prosecute Russian crimes in Ukraine.

Andriy Kostin, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, indicated that such a center would be established The first step is to create a special court The Russian political and military elite must be held accountable for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Gostin expressed anticipation The center will begin gathering evidence in July.

Ukraine’s Attorney General Andriy Kostin, US Attorney General Merrick B Garland, Poland’s National Prosecutor Dariusz Barski and a group of international lawyers meet in Lviv, Ukraine March 3, 2023 (REUTERS/ Roman Baluk)

Eurojust head Ladislav Hamran confirmed that the site would be the agency’s headquarters in The Hague and urged international partners to send their experts, prosecutors and investigators to participate in the initiative.

Instructions for that Guaranteed Justice for victims of crimes such as assault, sexual offenses and deliberate attacks against public infrastructure.

Metzola reiterated the European Union’s (EU) commitment to bring those involved in war crimes to justice and described the creation of an international center in The Hague as an important step.

A group of international lawyers attend a meeting to discuss allegations of war crimes in Ukraine in Lviv March 3, 2023 (REUTERS/Roman Baluk)
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Zelenska, for her part, insisted that the number of rapes recorded during the war showed that the Russian military was using them. Intentional sexual violence As a physical and psychological weapon against the Ukrainian people.

He pointed out that the investigation into these and other war crimes was necessary “as a precedent” so that potential aggressors would know it. “This kind of action will not go unpunished.”

In this sense, Pramila Bhattan, United Nations Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflicts, recalls that the UN Human Rights Committee has documented thousands of crimes against men, women and children.

FILE PHOTO: Heavy machinery crews remove debris from a residential building destroyed by a Russian rocket in Pokrovsk, Ukraine, on February 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Spain’s State Attorney General Álvaro García Ortiz also participated in the conference, reiterating Spain’s willingness to contribute to clarifying war crimes committed by Russia.

García Ortiz stressed the importance of reaching a broad consensus Such crimes should be investigated internationally And recalled that Spain had sent special police and forensic agents to Ukraine to collect evidence of possible war crimes, not just under national jurisdiction.

With information from EFE

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