The justice ministers from more than forty countries meet this Monday in London for boost support for investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes, after this court issued an arrest warrant against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
This meeting, which will take place in the palace of Lancaster Househas been organized by the British Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raaband the Minister of Justice and Security of the Netherlands, Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegeriusthe British government reported.
The ICC issued an order against Putin on Friday, for the illegal deportation to Russia of Ukrainian childrenand also against Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of Russia, who faces the same accusation.
In view of this conference, the Executive reported that it has offered psychological support to victims and witnesses of crimes, including those committed against children and sexual violence in conflicts, in addition to funding for more British experts to work for the ICC.
It has also announced an additional contribution of 395,000 pounds (about 477,000 euros) for the ICC, bringing to one million pounds (1.21 million euros) the UK’s total support for the court.
british government expects other countries to commit to providing practical and financial support to the court to assist in investigations into war crimes committed in Ukraine to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
“We are meeting in London today united for a cause to hold war criminals accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine during this unjust, unprovoked and illegal invasion,” Raab said in a statement.
“The UK, together with the international community, will continue to provide the International Criminal Court with the funds, people and expertise to ensure Justice is done,” he added.
Meanwhile, Yesilgöz-Zegerius pointed out in the same note that, as an international community, “we must assume the responsibility of guaranteeing that the perpetrators of the crimes committed during the war in Ukraine are prosecuted.”
“Together we must establish the truth, achieve Justice and guarantee security,” he stressed, before pointing out that “they deserve our support to find Justice.”
At the conference they will speak Denys MaliuskaMinister of Justice of Ukraine; andriy kostinAttorney General of Ukraine, and Karim KhanICC prosecutor.
There will also be evidence-gathering sessions and coordination to advance the investigations, as well as support for witnesses and victims so that they can relate their experiences.
British Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC MP said she witnessed “the consequences of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers” during her recent visit to Ukraine.
“They must know that they cannot act with impunity, and today’s conference is key to promoting international accountability for these horrendous crimes,” he stressed.
(With information from EFE)
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